Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Educate Our Next Leaders

Not the ones elected yesterday. The ones who will run tomorrow.

The ones whom Abbie, at Farmers' Daughter, is teaching as I write this.

If you are not familiar with Abbie, she is a real life super hero. One who teaches AP Environmental Science to high schoolers. She has assigned her students a book review project (due in December) in which they are to read a book on an environmental topic and give a class presentation. Click here for a look at what her students read last year.

Can you make an impact on the leaders of tomorrow? Can you recommend any environmentally relevant books that would be appropriate for very bright and interested high schoolers to read?


Green Bean said...

I'm reading the Green Collar Economy right now and am thinking that might be a good one for students - especially in the hope that Obama might devote some signficiant resources to green jobs which will help the environment and the economy.

Farmer's Daughter said...

Thanks so much for posting this question. Acutally, I'm going to assign it in early December, and I'll give students until February or March to complete their reviews and present.
And thanks in advance for any other suggestions!!!

Anonymous said...

A classic that comes to mind is
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. When I have a little more time to think about it I'll add a few more.


Anonymous said...

I think teens would really like Elizabeth Royte's Garbage Land. I'm about to read her new one, Bottlemania - I'll write again to follow up. Gone Tomorrow by Heather Rogers has a much less personal tone but is nonetheless very compelling. Finally, Cradle to Cradle is a fantastic book on what current products do to the earth and how they could be designed better. I'll look forward to reading the reviews!


Joyce said...

I owuld vote for Garbage Land, too. I think teens would really enjoy it, because she writes so accessibly. It really makes you think about what we use up and throw away, and how we need to change that pattern.

Green Bean said...

I left this on your blog, Abbie, but just so you have it all in one place, Whale Warriors (sorry, thought it was Whale Wars) was a fantastic and griping book. It reads like a novel. I really couldn't put it down and I think it poses some very interesting question and might appeal to the younger reader.

Farmer's Daughter said...

Thanks for all the tips!!!