Education on the Environment K-12
Here at Earth Month Network we are developing "Arizona Education on the Environment Initiative K-12 -Establishing the Blueprint to Building Better Education with emphasis on Natural, Physical, Cultural, Social and Economic Environs". It is also known as EEI, and it is not an easy task. You may ask…why do we need EEI?
Our education system in the USA has not changed much in the past 60 years. It was a means to develop children to work in an industrial area at the time of our economic downfall for the late 30’s. Improvements have slowly come about, that is why so many private schools are out there as public schools fail to meet the needs of a maturing society.
We have a deteriorating society where current educational norms cannot educate students properly to prepare them for life, let alone sustain themselves in school with distractions, bullying, and many other issues. For the Arizona 2015 SY, more than 18,000 students dropped out of school, this will cost the State over $7.2-M in revenue over the lifetime of the students; worse yet, it is a tragedy to the student. Our environment has reached the critical cliff of not being able to recover, meaning its current state has become harmful, even deadly.
If we are able to change the core of first why we teach, second the need to teach and third what we teach…we can help cure education and our environment at the same time. This is done through the process of “communication, cooperation, and collaboration TM ” where students would be in peer-to-peer learning with faculty, teachers, parents, colleges, universities, government and corporations working more closely together to resolve educational and environmental issues by addressing: natural, physical, cultural, social and economic environs.
EEI would be predominately online for grades 1 - 12. It would be developed in each individual State either as an educational program, with State agencies, teachers, colleges and universities writing the curriculum, making video presentations, etc., on some 90+ topics. It will fit with Common CORE (for those States that have adopted standards but far better off repealing the new standards altogether) and Next Generation Science Standards for class room activities. It will be in public, charter schools and available to private schools to opt in. It will be ADA accessible and available to those earning their GED. We look to have in place a language translator for online text, as one learns better in their native language…the language of their heart.
Students up to 4 grades ahead would be able to mentor younger students by the process of peer-to-peer learning. Students would be involved in environmental clubs, have a school garden, an assortment of projects, and collaborate on projects with other schools thus diverting from negative competition.
Students would be encouraged to broaden out by applying what they learn to poetry, music, art and dance. What a wonderful means to express oneself and developing more fully!
EEI and activities foster self-esteem, problem-solving & working skills, social skills, positive cooperative work ethics through collaboration, appreciation, accountability, good stewardship, citizenship and much more. In the end, students will be better prepared for life no matter what course they chose; e.g., a Kingdom proclaimer…a most admirable vocation; get a job, go to a trade school, and attend a two-year college, a four-year college or university.
Only about 8% of the schools in the USA have some form of Environmental Education and only address our natural environment. Most are private and limits are placed upon credits and or approval for a diploma or certification from their State. With this program, a system of credits is applied by one's State Department of Education and a certificate or diploma is provided upon senior graduation in addition to the regular diploma.
The current cost of the program is estimated to be $25.00 per student over the course of 13 years with a forecast for five years of inflation. The most expensive part is a student's diploma upon senior graduation. With the upcoming "No Student Left Inside" vs No Child Left Behind program federal funding will permit more classroom instruction along with online instruction without federal mandates of instructing to the standard and test.
A formal Prospectus has been developed and emailed to all State Legislators, the State Superintendant of Public Schools and hand-delivered to the Governor's office.
This Grassroots Project will allow you to support Environmental Education K-12 much like other countries have already in place. Seventeen other States have a program and has been progressively sustainable. The Project will allow us to directly participate with Corporations through the mail, power point presentations, videos, email, and travel visits so they may partner with the States: and allow us to work directly with the State Legislators in providing documentation and testimony.
This project to date has received no internal funding or ear marks. It is a fresh start grass roots effort with a new business approach for success. We forecast five years out for each state’s program. If government or a business were to do this the cost would be really high. Our process is approximately 75% less for total funding by the states as well as what we can accomplish with your contribution. We are currently at 100% volunteer status so we are able to do this without high overhead. We do not and will not use lobbyist, our children’s education is not a political issue.
We could use some valuable volunteers too.
Thank you for allowing us to get this program literally kicked off the ground. We need your financial support!
Remember…Earth Month is Every Month!