Letters to the Editor

Need to teach children about climate change

To the editor:

A recent survey published in the April 22nd issue of The Week magazine revealed that 55 percent of all teachers refuse to teach global warming in their classes because they believe the topic is outside their subject area. The same survey showed that 80 percent of parents would like their children to learn about global warming in school. How does a school reconcile a gap this wide between what is expected and what is taught in our schools?

The best way is a concerted and coordinated effort by school administrators to develop a multi-disciplinary approach to teaching climate change in our schools, to every student from middle school onward in a non-partisan way. The need is urgent, immediate and powerfully compelling. We have reached consensus on climate change in this country - finally, after many years of debate - now is the time to act.

Our children will see far more egregious effects of global warming than we ever will. It will be a problem for our time, their time, and their grandchildren’s time. We need to educate them, inform them and give them a framework for understanding how to approach the problem. How to solve it with the resourceful “can-do spirit” of their midwestern forebears.

Global warming is a problem that can and will be solved. But we need to start solving it by giving our children the facts in their classrooms. I know the leadership in our school community will do this, are doing it. We need to offer them our full support and good faith in a worthy cause.