Reflection: Standards Alignment Environmental Service Plan - Section 1: Introduction


When tagging the standards for this lesson, I lamented the fact that none of the standards really speak to the essential point of this lesson: active participation in public service. 

Perhaps I've mistakenly overlooked a relevant service requirement somewhere in the CCSS or NGSS, but as far as I can tell, there are plenty of national standards calling for students to analyze, evaluate, critique, argue, propose and refine solutions to problems, but none that ask them to actually do something about these problems.

This reflection then is a bit of a philosophical critique of our educational priorities.  There always seems to be so much talk about the need for our educational institutions to churn out "active" citizens (usually ones that can "compete in the global economy" as it were), but precious little in the way of guidelines of how to perform service and why being active is important.  

Yes, I know that many schools and local districts have community service requirements, but wouldn't it be nice if service was elevated on a national level to the same rarefied heights as students' ability to develop a model to illustrate the role of photosynthesis in the Carbon cycle

What do you think?  I welcome your comments.

  Where the Service Standards at?
  Standards Alignment: Where the Service Standards at?
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Environmental Service Plan

Unit 7: Energy Resources
Lesson 6 of 6

Objective: Students will be able to research, select, and participate in local environmental service opportunities

Big Idea: It's not enough to know about environmental problems... solutions require action

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