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14/07/11  |  England

Climate change should not be excluded from English national curriculum

A review of the English national curriculum is underway and a report will be published later this year. Tim Oates, head of the expert panel reviewing the panel said that it should be up to schools to decide whether – and how – to teach climate change.

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I feel that climate change is something that should remain on the curriculum for the following reasons: i) Students feel it is relevant and important and it generates powerful discussions. ii) It provides a useful opportunity to link different key Scientific ideas e.g. chemical reactions in combustion, heat transfer in Physics. They can also learn about some of the pioneering work being done to combat climate change. iii) It gives students an opportunity to analyse real experimental data and understand that in a complex world, there isn't always one obvious correct answer that everyone agrees on. They also see how scientists and politicians might work together. iv) If they don't learn about it, how can they make informed decisions about their lives - decisions that could affect the future of all of us?

by HGallagher | 29/10/11 10:56:10

Op zich vind ik dat een goed voorstel maar eigenlijk is het erg dat we niet zelfsprekend rekening kunnen houden met natuur. Opkomen voor natuur betekent niet dat we ons enkel moeten richten op gebieden met een hoge natuurwaarde. Geen enkel natuurgebied mag opgegeven worden. Het is niet omdat een natuurgebied niet echt waardevol is dat het mag verdwijnen om er bv een weg wordt doorgetrokken. Voor buurtbewoners heeft dit gebied wel een maatschappelijke waarde en is dit niet in geld uit te drukken. Mensen willen enkel 'hun' natuurgebied behouden.

by krist.tack | 14/12/11 09:41:12

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