Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Maryland, My Maryland...

Seriously. My beloved home state of Maryland is going to require....'Environmental Literacy'....
In an historic vote today, the Maryland State Board of Education provided specific guidance to all public schools to require that each student be environmentally literate before he or she graduates from high school. The vote cements Maryland as the first state in country to approve a graduation requirement in environmental literacy, a credit to Governor O’Malley, to board members, and to Dr. Nancy Grasmick, State Superintendent of Schools.
Whoever said 'historic' had to mean 'positive'? Speaking of historic, why are we going to implement this when history, math, and the hard sciences are seriously lacking in our students? I have a feeling I know the answer (emphasis mine)...
Today’s board vote positions Maryland—and any other state with a strong environmental literacy plan—to potentially receive federal funding. States sometimes lack resources for staff training in environmental education. Draft legislation called the No Child Left Inside Act soon to be reintroduced in Congress would help provide some federal funding. The bill could be introduced in the near future.
Ah! Follow the money trail, as you can with almost any environmental initiative, with very few exceptions.  If Governor O'Malley and Co. want it so bad, perhaps they will find a way to fund it rather than continue to suck the federal teat dry.  But that would be expecting too much...
“The No Child Left Inside Act would increase environmental education opportunities for students across the country,” said Congressman John Sarbanes of Maryland, author of the bill. “Such opportunities are essential to grow the next generation of scientists, promote environmental stewardship, and encourage Americans to live healthier lifestyles.”
Oh good, my own Congressman is the point man. Another good reason not to vote for him.

Again.  

And really...'No Child Left Inside'?  Couldn't they have come up with something more original for the title, like, say, 'Worship Mother Gaia Act' or perhaps 'Save the World By Raising Awareness Act'?   It's just another attempt in the long line of attempts to completely fetishize the environment.  I am on record advocating good stewardship of the earth, but this kind of bureaucratic stuff  is tiring and does nothing more than raise another generation of slactivists who are spoon-fed that we are all DOOMED™ unless we do...

SOMETHING!!!!!!...whatever that may be.

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