Green Charter Schools: Simple Necessity or Superfluous Appendage?
When I recently opened my inbox I saw that I’d received an invitation from the Green Charter Schools Network to get involved with what they’re doing and being the curious creature I am I took the opportunity to check them out.
Turns out there’s a growing movement of charter schools focused exclusively on educating kids by utilizing the environment as a tool to foster their knowledge of the world around them, and I certainly believe that’s a positive thing.
And while I certainly don't know whether or not you'll find an owl in one of them, the reality is that most children will never attend a charter school in their lifetime. Whatever the reasons, the bottom line is that our public school system is the one that we, as a public, inevitably own. And undoubtedly the future that we and the owls share is inextricably linked with the future of that system.
So I’d like to ask teachers, administrators, and school board members across America and around the globe to put these green charter schools out of business. To do that, we’ll need to successfully integrate the environment into the classroom on a daily basis. Something we should be doing already, and that should have been done a long, long time ago.
I’m willing to grant you that there’s a time and a place for charter schools… But if we expect to reach a sustainable future without making every school a green one then there’s a whole lot of pain that we and our children are going to endure on the road to a different belief system.
So here’s to watching successful green charter schools go out of business in my lifetime.
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