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Old 04-18-2011, 05:05 PM   #1
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Attenborough: children don’t know enough about nature - Telegraph

"The naturalist and broadcaster said he was sometimes “amazed” by young people’s poor grasp of biology and the animal kingdom, but admitted their expertise in other types of science - such as computers - towered over his own.
It comes as a new classroom initiative is launched in a bid to inspire primary school children with key moments from Sir David’s remarkable archive of nature programmes.
Sir David said: “Talking to teenagers and so on, I am amazed that they don’t know things about natural history that I knew.
“I’m sure they are equally amazed that I don’t know as much about Twitter, communications, computers and nano-technology as they do. The fact is that there is so much more to be learned in a technological sense today.”
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Old 04-18-2011, 09:21 PM   #2
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Funny, just today at work, we were talking about kids being on video games and the internet so much that they never seem to get outside (most don't I'm guessing). I wondered aloud, "How will they ever connect to the natural world." (We were also talking about Earth Day.)
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I led a tour of middle schoolers at the NCBG last week, through the nature trails (translate woods) talking about native, exotic and invasive plants, and then in the display gardens to talk about pollination. It was clear that many of them had never walked in the woods before, or if they had, it had been a very long time. The level of ignorance was appalling. On the other hand, although they weren't a hundred percent engaged in my official message, they were fascinated by little things that caught their eyes like insects or particular plants (a shagbark hickory was a hit).

Kids won't go outside if no one takes them. Take a child outside every chance you get - they can be readily borrowed from friends and relatives if you offer to babysit. If we don't get this new generation engaged with nature, they won't be interested in conserving it.
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Old 04-21-2011, 05:52 AM   #4
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Another take on this:
"We have designed our civilization based on science and technology and at the same time arranged things so that almost no one understands anything at all about science and technology."

Carl Sagan, Interview with Anne Kalosh, 1995
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Good points, turttle and suunto.

Good job, turttle...and good advice.
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