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Importance of environmental education for children

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Our nation’s future relies on a well-educated public to be wise towards of the very environment that sustains us, our families and communities, and future generations

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									Importance of environmental education for children


Our nation’s future relies on a well-educated public to be wise towards of the very environment that
sustains us, our families and communities, and future generations. It is environmental education which
can best help us as individuals make the complex, conceptual connections between economic
prosperity, benefits to society, environmental health, and our own well being. Ultimately, the collective
wisdom of our citizens, gained through education, will be the most compelling and most successful
strategy for environmental management. When should environmental education begin--in the third
grade; first grade; kindergarten? Even earliest it should start. Environmental education based on life
experiences should begin during the very earliest years of life. Such experiences play a critical role in
shaping life-long attitudes, values, and patterns of behavior toward natural environment.

A Native American proverb says “we do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our
children”. This is an absolute true statement in today’s context. As parents, we care about the
environment, in large part, out of concern for our children. And when we begin to realize the
environment, as our children will know it, depends on the lifestyle policies we adopt in order to protect
their health and well-being, there will then be an instinctive understanding that the environment, as our
children’s children will know, it depends on the lifestyle policies they adopt.

In our Boarding schools in India , research has shown enormous benefits from environmental education.
When integrated into a science curriculum, environmental education demonstrably improves student
achievement in science. Such an increase is likely due to the fact that environmental education connects
classroom learning to the real world. Students, when given a choice, will gravitate towards
environmental science. When integrated into the core curriculum or used as an integrating theme
across the curriculum, environmental education has a measurably positive impact not only on student
achievement in science, but also in reading (sometimes spectacularly), math, and social studies.

Yet many children have little or no meaningful exposure to environmental education or opportunities to
connect with the natural world because they are involved with activities that isolate them from it.
Computers, video games, television, schools' emphasis on homework, a full after-schools in vizag
schedule of extracurricular activities, lack of access to natural areas, all these things and more are
isolating children from the natural world and the advantages of environmental education. You don't
need to be a teacher to promote environmental education for children. In the classroom of life, we are
all teachers, and we are all students.

								
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