NARRAGANSETT—Rhode Island Commissioner of Education Deborah Gist held a talk recently about the adoption of a Environmental Literacy Plan (ELP) which will be integrated into the curricula of schools state-wide. Gist has identified that teaching about environmental safety in the classroom is necessary for developing a well-rounded educational experience.
“The study of the environment prepares our students to understand and love the world in which we live,” said Gist. “The Environmental Literacy Plan that we are releasing today will open doors for our students, and open our minds to new ideas about the role of environmental education in our schools.”
State educators have recognized that the ELP augments students’ education in the natural and social sciences, giving more scope for developing analytical skills. The plan also aims to create a larger awareness of the environments among future generations, in order that today’s students will become informed policy makers and ‘environmentally literate’ adults.
“The health of Rhode Island’s future depends on its citizens being environmentally literate and able to make informed choices about environmental issues such as water use, air quality, and land development,” said Kristen Swanberg, Chair of Rhode Island Environmental Education Association’s ELP steering committee. “Whether starting a career in the high-demand fields of science, technology, or engineering, joining the green jobs economy, running for office, teaching, or simply being able to make informed decisions about environmental issues, Rhode Island needs environmentally literate citizens.”
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