Climate Change and School System

Whether children are studying at home or in person, though, they might not be learning much about the climate.

Only 36 states and the District of Columbia include the reality of human-caused climate change in their regulations that outline what students should learn. The rest reference the human role as a possibility or a matter of scientific debate or omit it entirely.

Even when climate change is on the syllabus, its coverage isn’t necessarily comprehensive.

According to a 2016 study from the National Center for Science Education, 71 percent of middle- and high-school science teachers spent one or more classes on climate change. Of those teachers, the median amount of time they devoted was just 1.5 class hours per school year. The topic is covered most frequently in earth science, which only 7 percent of high schoolers take. Among teachers of all subjects, fewer than half say they’ve ever addressed the issue.

If you’d like your school to focus more on climate change, Glenn Branch, deputy director of the center, warns “it’s complicated.” That’s because the American education system is highly decentralized. Districts and schools base their curriculums on state standards; teachers base lesson plans upon district curriculums.

With so many cooks in the kitchen, it’s hard to know where to start.

Mr. Branch recommended approaching teachers first. Read more from source     

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