Thursday, January 5, 2012

Climate change in basic education curriculum

Education Secretary Armin Luistro revealed in an interview that the new basic education curriculum would definitely include climate change.  According to Luistro, even before tropical storm Sendong happened, schools nationwide have already intensified their environmental education.  In 2008, Republic Act No. 9512, Act to Promote Environmental Education and For Other Purposes, was enacted. The law specifically directed the Department of Education and other related agencies to integrate environmental education in its curricula.  And, as if the law saw it coming, Ondoy happened in 2009 drowning the whole Metro and nearby provinces.  In 2011, Peping came next, flooding several towns in Bulacan for weeks.

Mother Nature, with all the flashfloods and the landslides, has finally caught the human’s attention. Although the move should have been years ago when global warming loomed and started melting the icebergs that killed Jack and the rest of Titanic, I nevertheless commend the effort. 

Sendong is not solely to blame for the thousands of deaths and millions of damages.  A friend of mine from Cagayan De Oro said that it was not really the flood that caused the problem, it was the illegally cut logs from the mountains that actually did it.  He said that although the flood water was at drowning heights, some households were run over by hundreds of huge logs.  So, yes, this all human depravity again.

Hopefully, with the integration of environmental education in the new basic education curriculum, a new breed of humans develop.  For starters, well, I don’t expect too much, maybe it could breed a new generation of kids actually learning the use of trash cans.  Then for the really big challenge, we could send those sick illegal loggers back to grade one. The best of luck to us humans!

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