“...didn't watch the show, but know quite a lot about Navy sonar testing - a daily tragedy. And I value the "bright light" that needs to be placed on it. I also know that when students become engaged through a mermaid tale, a whale tale, a bioluminescent underwater animal etc., they become curious and begin to ask questions, The children always go to books ( if they are lucky enough to have them in their classroom) and yearn to go to places and see for themselves. And when you connect them , they become open and aware of what is occurring to our natural world, seek to learn stewardship , and advocate - more often than the adults...
And by the way, many teachers only teach the known facts and leave out the wonderment, stunt the imagination and rarely touch the 'Blue Heart"advocacy... any advocacy...
I invite you to help educate people in your way ...perhaps donate through Donors Choose.org, - there are some teachers who seek to enlighten people in ways you may feel comfortable with - and in some ways which may make you uncomfortable but do enlighten our youth.There sure are a lot of people who care to educate and seek your help in doing so. Start with your block, neighborhood, city, state - you will see science experiential learning activities,trips, advocacy art materials, instruments, requests for scientific speakers to engage our nation's school children - help educate - do something...”
“I have students who are drawn into our beautiful oceans because of tales of mermaids.
And as they feel connected to the water, they learn more about its importance and they begin to work towards protecting it for all life.
Thank you for what you do :)”
hp blogger Brenda Peterson on Jun 8, 2013 at 12:45:11
“Thanks so much for the comment and for teaching the next generation who will be facing rising seas and "global weirding." You're right about mermaid stories helping the YA audience connect with our oceans. I've heard from readers of The Drowning World that mermaid myths have introduced them to scuba diving and ocean advocacy and beach clean-up—all kinds of conservation. Bless them!”
“I agree, the philanthropy component in the educational landscape is missing - in a myriad of ways though. I enjoy working with what is sitting behind the technology, and value how they are using their "acquired knowledge." I have seen a shift in what "leads " schools. Many of the Adm's, "leaders", do not lead in philanthropy efforts. Often times, they don't even understand the value of compassionate education, so your effort to strategically see the results won't even be relevant to them - and a whole school community of learners and doers misses out on this great opportunity to work together or alone to help others. It's often a struggle to overcome the "school" obstacles to engage our students to "use their knowledge" to help transform lives.
My students engaged in a project to honor children and fundraise to offer their "philanthropy funds" to "Ntataise". All the materials to work on this project were donated by philanthropists through DonorsChoose - technology certainly played an important roll in improving the lives of many on both sides of the computer. We requested evidence from the nonprofit and have been receiving it.The children have gotten "a bang for the buck" and even more, they have "pangs in the heart" for simply using the newly acquired knowledge of helping others,
I wish you would use your considerable talents in helping to shape a philanthropy component from childhood on up in our schools. It would be even more beneficial. Please help develop our schools...”
May 19, 2013 at 09:29:37
“For many that is true- but not all. Look at the Donorschoose.org teachers, the Little Kids Rock teachers and you will see how they push past the many obstacles that are prevalent in the "government" systems. Pushing for equitable educational opportunities for all our children and seeing each child as unique should be the norm but it's not. So before you go condemning all government schools, fund one that has social justice teachers in it. I am sure you will find your critical thinkers, musicians, artists ,poets and so on. There are many compassionate, educated, proactive teachers who create change from the inside while working for systemic change.While you are at it, visit Dr. Dennis Littky for a session on why public education is everybody's business. Get involved and help those who fight the "bots."”
May 19, 2013 at 06:36:08
“As a N.Y.C. public school teacher in the "hood" I have witnessed over the years the unnatural disconnect our youth are experiencing with the lack of music,art, community enrichment & connections to educational opportunities. Years ago, I spent some time with the Bill Littleford, of Billboard's founding family, in Vieques. He understood the importance of advocating for our youth. I look forward to the day when Billboard hands out the "awards" to the proactive artists who advocate for our youth to have instruments.
Little Kids Rock serves my school unconditionally. Tracy, I suggest you look them up and with your friends, help with handing over the torch to our deserving youth. As the great Sylvia Earle once said about the oceans, " You have to love it before you are moved to save it." ...the same can be said about music. As a teacher, I am appealing to you. Our youth needs your help.”
“Thank you for shining a light on an artist who is using his voice and instrument to protect the wild ones and wild places.
…wish more would follow this lead.
The key is education and advocacy.
I highly suggest you visit the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, NY founded by musician Helene Grimaud. Their mission is “ to promote wolf conservation by teaching about wolves, their relationship to the environment, and the human role in protecting their future.
By supporting education and advocacy the wild ones and wild places will remain so.”
“It is truly ironic for you to claim that “EDF has a 45-year history...solv[ing] some of the toughest environmental issues of our time.” What EDF has a long history of is selling out grassroots efforts to fix our planet in exchange for industry-backed funding. As far back as 1999, when EDF was actively undermining climate change efforts, nonprofitwatch was pointing out that “EDF’s motto used to be “Sue the bastards’, adding "if EDF were to follow this motto today, it might very well sue not only some of its own trustees and their clients, but itself as well.” http://www.nonprofitwatch.org/edf/crony.pdf
Ten years ago grassroots groups in North Carolina witnessed EDF cutting backroom deals with legislators to destroy all their efforts at controlling devastating pollution from hog operations. And EDF’s effort to greenwash Walmart in exchange for significant funding from the Walton (Walmart) Family Foundation is well documented. EDF is the worst example of advocacy gone horribly wrong. How dare you step in to this discussion to pretend you are anything but shills for the fracking industry and anyone else who’s willing to put up the money to get you to look the other way.
You claim that the "stakes are high" yet its actions like yours which help perpetuate the ongoing damage from irresponsible fracking. You're not solving problems, you're creating them. But then again, that's what EDF has been doing for the past 20 years. Shame on you.”