California is bringing environmentalism to the classroom.
The state, which is often known for leading the way on environmental policy, unveiled the nation's first state-approved environmental curriculum.
In kindergarten, students will start by learning the Golden State’s five major ecosystems. About 10 years later, those same students will learn about the relationship between ecosystem health and industry development as part of high school economics classes. In between, students will learn about an array of subjects, from waste reduction to the food web.
"It's a good experience," said 10-year-old Romy Mastel in a Miami Herald story. "I'm glad we had a chance to learn it. Otherwise, we'd be just throwing things away," she said.
Of course my political side is waiting for this program to touch on flash topics like global warming, climate change and those pesky emissions problems. Remember when President Obama tried to tell kids to study hard during the first day of school a few years ago, and parents around the country held their kids out from school? I wonder if the same thing will happen once that curriculum touches on subjects like heat-trapping gasses. What will happen when economics class turns to the topic of emissions trading credits?
But there I go again, just waiting for this issue to become controversial. Maybe it’s time to relax. Perhaps the curriculum will go as planned without any problems. Perhaps simply focusing on reducing, reusing and recycling will keep everyone happy.
Something tells me this will be back in the news before the end of the school year.