Teaching Middle Schoolers Climate Change Without Terrifying Them

By Rowan Moore Gerety, WLRN Public Radio. Posted on KIOS, which serves as the educational extension of the Omaha Public Schools.

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Bertha Vazquez has taught earth science for more than twenty-five years. “For many years I covered the basic standard, probably like most people in the country do.” Then one day she says she decided to throw all that out the window when she saw former Vice President Al Gore speak at the University of Miami at a screening of An Inconvenient Truth, his documentary about climate change. “And it really … hit me. This is 2007 and, I’ve got to tell you, I lost sleep,” Vazquez says. A study in the journal Science this spring found that half of U.S. science teachers spend less than two hours on climate change each year. Read more here.

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