What is Giving Compass?
We connect donors to learning resources and ways to support community-led solutions. Learn more about us.
Giving Compass' Take:
• Educators are ensuring that students who would like to address climate change issues have access to the most accurate information.
• What resources are available to schools to assist teachers with climate change curricula? How can education donors ensure this is happening?
• Learn more about how to teach kids about climate change.
Recent protests like last week's climate change demonstrations are sparking classroom conversations and highlighting the need for schools to incorporate material on climate change in curricula.
Districts can take advantage of programs and resources already in place, such as Republic Services' Recycling Simplified Education Program, which recently released K-12 lesson plans that include activities, videos and handouts designed by teachers to span subject areas including math, science and language arts.
Deb Pryor, a former teacher and one of the developers for the Republic Services curriculum, says while students are "very concerned" about the environment and "want to make a difference," she has noticed misinformation among students and even their teachers. Schools and districts are inconsistent with the recycling programs they adopt, and few have curricula in place to feed the curiosity of students.
This is in line with recent findings like those from a Washington Post survey conducted in collaboration with the Kaiser Family Foundation last month, which found roughly 1 in 4 American teenagers have participated in a climate change walkout, attended a rally or written to a public official to express their views on global warming.
Despite this, the number of teenagers who say they are being taught in school how to mitigate climate change seems to be declining. Only 14% say they have learned "a lot" about the topic in the classroom, a decrease from 27% in 2010 when the Yale Project on Climate Change asked the question in a national survey. At the time, 70% of teens said they would like to know more about global warming.
Read the full article about misinformation among students about climate action by Naaz Modan at Education Dive.