by Megan Arnold and Peter Crownfield Climate change is in the news, and we’ve seen a huge marches for science and for climate action. In many schools, though, global warming and climate change have been largely ignored, except for brief discussions in some science classes. And, despite the push for more STEM education, the U.S. government is now downplaying science and has … [Read more...] about Interdisciplinary Teaching on Climate & Calculating Your School’s GHG Emissions
Education & Schools
Learning is a natural process that happens in every imaginable setting. Schools are designed, in theory, to promote and enhance learning. Some schools use highly-structured curriculum, while others use a more experiential, democratic, & student-driven approach. In practice, many schools also function to stifle criticism and to instill the values of state policy, religious dogma, or other value systems.
- teach-climate.net for information on how to integrate global warming & climate change into your school!
- resources for better schools & learning
Other school-related topics: Militarism in schools
Trump's teams are now taking on the various executive departments, and the “War on Science” has begun. Some departments, including USDA, have already been order not to publish scientific data — even data from publicly-funded research. The Environmental Protection Agency, National Institutes of Health, and others follow. At EPA, there is a ban on any press releases, blog … [Read more...] about The war on science has begun
Following up on the previous post about Standing Rock, suggestions have expanded to the rapidly-growing movement to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day: What Is Indigenous People's Day? More States Observe Alternative… Don't Take Our Voices Away (Role Play) Rethinking Columbus — Expanded 2nd Edition! | Rethinking Schools Support Indigenous Rights: Abolish … [Read more...] about fyi: “Replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day”
A number of questions arise when people are considering synthetic turf or synthetic playground surfaces or running tracks. Some of the most common concern health & safety claims, other health concerns, cost, and feasibility for high-use fields. (For additional information, please go to the Synthetic Turf section of this website.) Claims that synthetic turf has been proven … [Read more...] about Peter Crownfield: ‘Synthetic Turf Q & A’
I saw my copy of A People’s History of the United States the other day, and it reminded me that many of the ‘facts’ we learn in school or read in the media turn out to be false—news & ‘history’ often either lack context or are simply repetitions of propaganda from the government or major corporations. Sometimes it’s easier to find the truth in a work of good fiction — a … [Read more...] about Peter’s blog: ‘Facts & Fiction’
Since we first raised concerns last winter, new reports have confirmed the presence of multiple carcinogens in crumb rubber infill — and that annual costs for artificial turf are much higher than for natural turf. Carcinogens — A June 2015 Yale analysis of crumb rubber infill & playground mulch shows dozens of carcinogens. Costs — Grass not cheaper on the artificial … [Read more...] about Synthetic Turf Update – More reasons for concern!
Thoughts and observations by Peter Crownfield, one of the founding members of the Alliance. … [Read more...] about Peter’s blog
Because synthetic turf has been identified as a serious health concern that's present at almost every school, college, and university in the Lehigh Valley, we've added some additional material. If you have questions or want more information, email us at email@example.com. Synthetic Turf – Overview First Aid for Turf Burns Health & Safety Guidelines for Synthetic … [Read more...] about Synthetic Turf update
Note: An expanded & updated post on synthetic turf has been added to to the Focus On… section as an Open Letter to Anyone Considering Synthetic Turf. This post is prompted by an article in the Express-Times reporting that the Bethlehem Area School District is considering replacement of the artificial turf at Liberty HS and is also considering future installations at … [Read more...] about Health Concerns with Artificial Turf [updated]
From Anna Maria Caldara, Bangor PA, April 18, 2014: Are parents of toddlers aware that their children’s pre-school may contain a Smart Board? Installed as the latest learning tool, teachers probably do not realize that Smart Boards emit DNA-damaging radiation. Because children’s bodies and immune systems are still developing, they are particularly susceptible to harmful … [Read more...] about Protect Children From Smart Boards