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 the 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.
“This is a momentous day not only for Maryland but for educators across the country who are watching what Maryland does, and hoping to increase outdoor learning in their states, “said Don Baugh, director of the No Child Left Inside Coalition (NCLI). “ Governor O’Malley and Dr. Grasmick deserve our profound gratitude. For years they have put Maryland at the forefront of the environmental education movement.”
U.S. history? Bah. Who cares that only 13 percent of graduating students have a working knowledge of it. Reading, writing, and arithmetic? Equally dismal. But the propaganda of anthropogenic global warming? The schools are all over that.
P.S. If you don’t understand the title to this post, then squishy subjects apparently took precedence over traditional courses, like Latin, in your schools, as well.
P.P.S. And since I am commenting on this post, I apparently didn’t pay enough attention in my Latin class and should be forbidden from throwing Latin phrases around.