“In 2008, Premier Ed Stelmach mandated Education Minister Dave Hancock to lead an initiative that would create a long-term vision for education in Alberta.” A Committee was struck and the result was a report titled “Inspiring Education” …a vision for education to 2030.
Today’s issue of the Edmonton Journal includes an article by Gareth Thomson, the executive director of the Alberta Council for Environmental Education. He says:
We had Ipsos-Reid poll 459 Alberta high schools students and older youths on their environmental knowledge and behaviours. … Ipsos-Reid found that youth engagement in most of the eight environmental behaviours assessed is moderate to low. Youths do not seem to have a strong desire to take personal responsibility to protect the environment…
Yikes… what are we as parents and teachers not doing to bring the message across? The answer according to Thomson is the full implementation of the “Inspiring Education” report. There’s a long way between report and action and it will require that individuals take responsibility… not just government.
Read the report and act: http://engage.education.alberta.ca/uploads/1006/inspiringeducationst92115.pdf