How do we teach about these issues?
Submitted by Eric Rude on Wed, 2017-06-21 00:00
So, how do we teach about these issues?
We’re learning that Idaho’s waterways have been hurt by farming, mining, city-building, and the timber industry. How do we teach our students about caring for our rivers without demonizing these necessary businesses?
As one of the teachers mentioned, mining is important where he lives, so we can’t just say that we should ban all mining. Here in Pocatello, many people talk about freeing the Portneuf River from the concrete channel it is in. But what about the people who’s houses are right next to that channel? What if one of my students lives in one of those houses?
How do we find the balance in our teaching? We all want the benefits these industries provide us, but we also want healthy rivers. We want jobs, and minerals to make our cell phones, and places to live, but we also want nature. I don’t want to “preach” to my students and tell them how things should be, so how do we teach about these issues in such a way that students can improve our future?