Maryland: Graduates must be green

Maryland students must be “environmentally literate” to earn a high school diploma, reports the Baltimore Sun. No other state has such a requirement.

Under the rule, public schools will be required to work lessons about conservation, smart growth and the health of our natural world into their core subjects like science and social studies.

Districts will develop their own teaching and evaluation plans, which must be approved by the state superintendent. Maryland will not provide more funding for environmental education.

Eco-socialist propaganda will trump science, predicts Red State.

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  1. Richard Nieporent says:

    I could have sworn that the teaching of (environmental) religion in public schools violated the First Amendment.

  2. I’d still like them to quit finger counting when solving simple math problems. Oh, and to read better.

    But that’s just me.

  3. Unless the law has been repealed,, which I find unlikely, HS grads must also have completed X hours of “community service” (aka mandatory volunteering). Thank heaven we left the state before my kids were affected. Naturally, only PC kinds of service were approved. Homeless shelters, greenie stuff and tutoring the disadvantaged were all fine, provided it was not done under the auspices of a church or synagogue.

  4. Richard Aubrey says:

    I guess the question is how many of the kids actually believe that crap.
    It will be an interesting progress, from having this stuff shoveled at you with the expectation you’ll believe it, and subsequent thousand-cuts exposures of the green fraud.
    I don’t think it will be improving the impression of publik scrkewls in the minds of the unfortunate victims.
    Someplace there has to be a Mark Twain plaque:
    First God created idiots. That was for practice. Then He created school boards.
    I suppose that, if you’re stupid enough, you not only don’t know you’re stupid, you don’t know everybody else knows you’re stupid.

  5. Richard Nieporent says:

    Unless the law has been repealed,, which I find unlikely, HS grads must also have completed X hours of “community service” (aka mandatory volunteering). Thank heaven we left the state before my kids were affected.

    Perish the thought. They must do 75 hours of community service. I wonder if students who get community service for some minor offense can also count it towards their high school community service requirement.

  6. It’s easy to make fun of this requirement, but the idea that we are all, collectively and individually, responsible for not fouling our nest and for conserving our resources, is not silly. In the past, there have been times when new subjects were introduced to school curriculum because the old subjects were leaving gaps in students’ knowledge, gaps that had practical consequences. Rememebe when Harvard taught pretty much Latin, Greek, and Theology? that gave way to newer studies like Economics, Geology, and Engineering. In reality, good science and social studies classs should already be covering these topics.

  7. Richard Nieporent says:

    In reality, good science and social studies classs should already be covering these topics.

    Wrong BB. If they mandated that everyone had to take a course in environmentalism that would at least be defendable. When then mandate that you must work lessons about conservation, smart growth and the health of our natural world into their core subjects like science and social studies, that is called indoctrination.

  8. BB – Montgomery county, MD teaches a unit in 6th grade “science” called Going Green. It is full propoganda and no science (I’m an environmental science/biology teacher and I’m quite adept at telling the difference between the two. I won’t work in MC public middle schools as a science teacher because the curriculum is SO lame. Instead I work in a Catholic school whose middle school science program is nearly what I learned in high school in the 1980′s.

  9. Environmentalism is a religion founded upon a basic hatred of human progress cloaked in the trappings of science without the substance. Good science and social studies classes would take as critical an eye to environmentalist dogma as they do to other religious dogma.

  10. Since one of the implicit, where it isn’t explicit, purposes of any public education system is indoctrination I’d say things are going along as intended. The exact form the indoctrination takes is a function of who’s giving the edu-crats their marching orders.

  11. Beg to differ. The offerings in MoCo may be lame, but it is entirely possible to teach the topics objectively. It is possible to differentiate between what is known about our environment, what is conjectured, and what is merely claimed. It is possible to identify the economic and political consequences of resource limitations. If you think that MoCo isn’t doing that, elect new school board members. And by the way, I was taught many of these topics in high school in the ’60′s. Law of supply and demand. Soil erosion. Aquifer depletion. Air quality connections with lung disease.

  12. Richard Aubrey says:

    BB. Good for you.
    How about AGW?
    Did the law of supply and demand apply to an issue with a subsidy (see corn ethanol)?
    There’s conservation and there’s GREEN. Remember Van Jones who exulted that we’re going to use green to destroy capitalism. The co-founder of Greenpeace presumes the left-over left after the Cold War went from the “peace movement” to the green side. Said he visited an office in Canada where the folks were wearing fatigues and red berets in support of the Sandanistas.
    Is it okay, in MD. for NOAA, NASA,and East Anglia’s CRU to fudge data, hide data, make up data?
    There’s a potential difference between what you were taught and what it is likely that MD wants taught. The likelihood that it’s radical green instead of conservation is about 99%.
    .

  13. BB – no teacher would last in MoCo if they questioned this orthodoxy. You don’t get it – questioning it is NOT in the curriculum. It’s all written as “fact”. Environmentalism is a very popular religion here among the caucasian population. Clearly you don’t live here or you would know this. I would definitely elect a new school board in the fairy tale world in which my one vote would some how cause that, but thanks for the helpful advice.