I'm glad I live in New York. The III graders in my son's class, at our local public school (PS 321,) put on a skit about rain-forest destruction, with appropriate sound effects and much moaning about the effects of forest destruction. At the end, the kids exhorted us to "do something" about the problem.
Boy, was I proud of 'em. But I wondered about how I would have felt about this were I one of that minority that disbelieves in global warming, etc. Would I feel my kid was being "indoctrinated?" Would I protest as the condom-averse parent Frosty Hardison did in the story on Federal Schools (below)?
Ontarians seem to see it Gore's way... from Canadian Press, "Ontario schools to receive Gore's ‘Truth' "
TORONTO — Ontario youth will have an opportunity to learn more about global warming and climate change by watching the film An Inconvenient Truth in class.
Al Gore's Academy Award-winning film has been donated to hundreds of schools through a partnership between the province and the Tides Canada Foundation.The foundation says 302 public high schools and 72 school boards in Ontario will receive a DVD copy of the film.
The documentary was distributed to almost 500 public high schools in British Columbia in April.Ontario Environment Minister Laurel Broten says the former U.S. vice-president's film will inspire students to “reduce their environment impact.”
Tides Canada Foundation director Tim Draimin says the film helps viewers think about the long-term implications of lifestyles.The foundation focuses on the environment and other social issues.
Remember a school district in Washington State that reversed its plan to show Gore's film to its students, after one parent objected. Full story here.
After a parent who supports the teaching of creationism and opposes sex education complained about the film, the Federal Way School Board on Tuesday placed what it labeled a moratorium on showing the film..
"Condoms don't belong in school, and neither does Al Gore. He's not a schoolteacher,"