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Journal of Law & Education

ARTICLE: Coloring a Green Generation: The Law and Policy of Nationally-Mandated Environmental Education and Social Value Formation at the Primary and Secondary Academic Levels

Winter, 2013

Journal of Law & Education

42 J.L. & Educ. 1

Author

Whitney Stohr *

Excerpt

I. INTRODUCTION

"In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught." 1

"Today's children are the global citizens of tomorrow. They influence their families and shape their attitudes, and thereby society. So, children during their formative years, when they are most receptive to messages and information, need to be educated about the environment and the long-term impact of our present actions. This will have a cascading effect on society." 2

"Today, more than ever, a world-class education is a prerequisite for success. America was once the best educated nation in the world... It is not that [foreign] students are smarter than ours. It is that these countries are being smarter about how to educate their students. And the countries that out-educate us today will out-compete us tomorrow." 3

On a fall afternoon in the State of Andhra Pradesh, India, children attend local schools, laughing and playing in schoolyards and studying mathematics, science and language in classrooms. When the afternoon bell rings, students pour out of nearby elementary schools, homework in tow. Some run towards waiting parents and others trek home, laughing and joking with friends; many others rush eagerly into an empty classroom. Dressed in uniform, these students represent the Green Brigade, young cadets of the school's eco-club. 4 As the vanguard of India's modern environmental movement, these students form part of an expansive government-sponsored after-school program designed to teach youth ...
 
 
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