Teaching the Future

Climate Change Education on Cape Cod

It could be the most important subject of the next 20 years. But even now, in most schools, climate change is still just starting to make its way into classrooms, and many teachers don’t have the training, or the resources, they need to teach it.

A 3-part report by Samantha Fields.
Samantha Fields is a reporting fellow with the GroundTruth Project stationed at WCAI. 

Samantha Fields

In high school in Massachusetts, climate change mostly appears in earth science or environmental science, if and when those courses are offered. But some teachers are finding ways to take the subject far beyond science class. 

Samantha Fields

The words “climate change” first appear in the state science standards in Massachusetts in high school, but the concepts first appear, in a real way, in middle school, in seventh and eighth grade science, which are all about systems and cycles, cause and effect. In fact, teachers say that middle school is often where students spend the most time learning about climate change. 

In Many Schools, 'Climate Change Is Playing Catch-Up'

Oct 23, 2018
Samantha Fields

If the world doesn’t make “rapid” and “unprecedented changes in all aspects of society,” a UN report warned this month, the effects of climate change will be dramatic and far-reaching – and not in some distant future, in the next 20 years. Even now, though, in most schools, climate change is still just starting to make its way into classrooms, and many teachers don’t have the training or the resources they need to teach it.