EPA Spends Millions of Tax-Payer Dollars on Environmental Education Training

In Children, Climate Change, Environment, The Big Picture by Wesley Haverlah0 Comments

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EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy at the Shenandoah National Park. Image courtesy of Shenandoah National Park/Flickr CC

Last week, CNSNews.com reported that the EPA will be utilizing over $10 million U.S. tax-dollars to provide American teachers with environmental education training, over the next 5 years.

Gina McCarthy, U.S. EPA Administrator, explained that the program will equip teachers to use information about ecosystems as the content of problem-solving scenarios that develop skills relating to math, engineering, and science. When asked if the teacher training would include the subject of climate change, an EPA spokesperson responded, “The teacher training program does not focus on specific environmental topic areas.

This is an interesting statement from an agency with clear policy positions regarding controversial topics, such as climate change, and one that is known for creating extremely damaging regulations without the approval of Congress. Materials produced by a federal agency like the EPA cannot be unbiased or balanced, and will always possess the slant of the current administration.

The teaching materials are not yet available for review, and the label of ‘propaganda’ is inappropriate until more information can be accessed. However, I can predict with confidence that this curriculum will have things to say about climate change, and will only tell one side of the story.

Wes Haverlah is a student at Texas A&M’s Mays Business School studying marketing with a minor in philosophy. He is an intern with Earth Rising Blog, a project of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation. Growing up in a family with deep agricultural roots, he is passionate about responsible stewardship of the environment and balancing conservation with relevant economic concerns.

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