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    I have a question. Are the youth of this generation being taught in school about the environment? I'm talking about awareness. Not just general science classes. Because eventually they're gonna be the ones who'll be taking over in the future, and what better than to make them aware early on in life?

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    Although I am not very involved in the local school systems, as a community member I have definitely seen an increase in green/sustainable living awareness being taught in the schools. One example is that a local high school has a garden program called Project Sprout. "It is the first student-initiated and student-run vegetable garden at a public high school in the United States..."-Read more about it at Project Sprout | Orion Magazine In summary, Project Sprout educates students in the high school, middle school, and elementary school all while bringing community awareness and involvement. Another trend that I have see is the increase of schools seeking LEED for Schools or CHPS certification. Both certifications have educational requirements .

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    Agree to the thread starter, what better way indeed? As cliche as it may sound, "the Children are our future" as the popular song goes. What do we have today? Thousands of kids playing violent video games and Facebook. Geez...

    @KPaulson: That project looks awesome! Kudos to you and your high school for this. There should be more projects like this.

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    Absolutely rightly said cheryl, younger generation are now a days are hooked up to Facebook, Twitter and many other smart phones which they keep on texting while driving or what ever they do. They are least to learn from anyone and more over self learning is all blocked due to these gadgets and networking. They are good at their place, but how about the environment, it's also needed to be cared. Right!!

    If every one of us start caring for the environment, Mother Earth will definitely replenish us with her fruits..

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    Some of the youth care and some of the youth have been taught at least some things about being green and general ecology. The most are too busy with junk, and the trend has been toward declining IQs and education, along with increased obesity and laziness.
    http://www.yourmedievalfuture.com/?p=276#more-276
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    It's a very widespread and upsetting cultural problem. We are currently living in a time that is all about the dollar and I know that young people buy into this. Even without knowing it that it all comes down to money they are still a part of it. For example video games/new clothes/latest trends > the environment. In working with youth in outdoor education I see that they love to be outside and having fun, but once they are away from the place and back in their "normal" environments of televisions, computers and cell phones, I really can't say if they held on to what they learned. It's instinctual to be outside and be feeling great, or having lots of fun, and with time a sense of stewardship can be brought to light, but it's not something that will come through the normal school system in my opinion. My time in High School and what have you was very oriented towards getting this, getting that, excelling, becoming the superstar, and the superstar requires a lot of resources to keep shining. consumer cultures gotta go.
    But that's a rant for another time, outdoor education centers are the way to go, and the green movement has hit many many schools. In my work I've worked with schools who have sense began composting, school gardens, outdoor classrooms, and so on and so forth, the schools are really buying into it right now, use it to the advantage get dem kidz outsiiiide

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    I think the most important education starts in the home! Relying on school systems to teach green education is not the end answer although I do agree that public schools should have environmental awareness courses in place if you want your children to be aware of the environmental impact and consequences to there actions as an active consumer in society then teach them. Start from day one by implementing green choices in the home and explaining the reasons for these choices to your kids! You can not expect your children to lead environmentally healthy lives if you are not yourself.

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    Teach them to avoid junk food and their brains will be healthy enough to think clearly about themselves and their social and natural environments. Organically grown fruits and vegetables are the best; and try frozen bread, it needs no preservatives and tastes like it came right out of the oven, and it almost did, from the oven to the freezer to you.

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    Some of the youth care and some of the youth have been taught at least some things about being green and general ecology. The most are too busy with junk, and the trend has been toward declining IQs and education, along with increased obesity and laziness.
    Grain of truth: why everyone cannot be fed | Your Medieval Future
    "Research from Murtaugh and Schlax at Oregon State University shows that a hypothetical American woman who switches to a more fuel-efficient car, drives less, recycles, installs more efficient light bulbs, and replaces her refrigerator and windows with energy-saving models, would increase her carbon legacy by 40 times if she has two children."

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    It depends on what exactly the focus is? The extinction of a species? A logging of a forest? A polluting of drinkable water? The burning up of natural resources too quickly? For the most part, I'd say no, the majority of the youth today are not aware. A minority maybe are, but no, the majority are not aware at all. They might see something on Discovery, or Animal Planet, but frankly it's "in one ear, out the other."

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    I agree, few know much, and those that do, see their future as bleak and tend toward suicide.

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    Part of the reason is so many kids are addicted to junk food which makes them obese and fails to nourish their brains for serious thinking. At least one hospital has evicted all the junk food machines from its corridors. Every public school in the USA should have a mandatory course in healthy diet and hygene. How about your school, Val, what are they treaching?
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    Happy Solstice, John! Our PE teacher touches upon healthy diet and hygiene, and so do I in 8th grade Science and 9th grade Biology. They are only required to have two courses of math, two PE, and two of science 9-12, no language requirement, no home economics or shop courses are available or required anymore. For me they were (except shop), and a minimum of 3 sciences, 3 PE, and 3 math courses 9-12 were required also. Here, the kids are more prone to healthier diets and less obesity, because most are farm children brought up on home grown food, and having chores that keep the weight off. The boys are taught shop type stuff at home and the girls home economics type from their mothers, which is very good. There are the rowdy few, and the few obese kids that have obese parents. If it weren't for a class curve on most tests, many would not make it to graduation. Many either have to do chores and skip homework, or like to play instead. Our graduation rate is 81% which is OK. Certainly better than many.

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    I remember my father grew up in such a community in Indiana, so it gives me a little happy feeling that some of them still exist, but although health standards are naturally better than in cities, it sounds like budget cuts may have curtailed a broader educational agenda, as it has around the nation. But overall your school seems to be surviving fairly well. Congratulations.

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    The dumbing down is what has increased costs and cut educational levels. The average kid going to high school in America is 6 points lower in IQ than 1970.
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