Learning about the environment is crucial

October 27, 2011

The recent editorial ("Understanding the environment," Oct. 25) supporting the amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that would require United States public schools to teach environmental literacy is right on target.

Not to teach our children about "the forces that are changing our planet" would leave future generations clueless. It's very like bears, foxes, wolves and other animals not teaching their offspring to hunt for food, avoid prey or find safe shelter.

Species survival depends on knowledge of, and adaptation to, natural forces.

Ellen H. Kelly, Baltimore

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