Penguins in Your Fridge? These 7-Year-Olds Have Climate Solutions
New Jersey is the first state to require that climate change be taught at all grade levels. The focus is on problem solving, not doom and gloom.
CARA BUCKLEY / NEW YORK TIMES – Standing at the front of her classroom at Slackwood Elementary School north of Trenton, N.J., one afternoon in June, Michelle Liwacz asked her first graders to consider a problem: Antarctica is getting warmer. What could the penguins that live there do to adapt?
The children, most of them age 7, murmured excitedly. One boy said the birds could cool off in the water, but reconsidered after remembering all the hungry orcas awaiting them there …