Thursday, February 8, 2018

We teach a social moral code to kids, why not an environmental one?

How do we ensure our kids grow up learning to care for the environment upon which their lives depend? The best thing we can do is let them play in nature, developing their sense of wonder and empathy for other creatures. This article provides some advice for parents and teachers.

As this article reminds us of Aldo Leopold’s insights back in 1949, that we have pretty clear moral codes that we teach kids about how to treat one another but no shared code for how we treat other living things. Certainly Schools do a better job now, but we need to stop thinking of ourselves as separate from Nature.

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