ERIC Number: EJ895046
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 3
Summary and Critique of the "Bondar Report"
Richardson, Michael J.
Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, v20 n2 p11-12 Win 2008
In March 2007 the Ontario Ministry of Education formed a Working Group on Environmental Education to analyze the need to teach and learn about the environment. It also charged the Working Group with researching past approaches to teaching and learning about environmental education in elementary and secondary schools. Chaired by Roberta Bondar, the Working Group was comprised of experts and practitioners in the field of environmental education. This article presents a summary and critique of the "Bondar Report." The overview of the report emphasizes that environmental education is unevenly implemented throughout Canada. The Working Group claims Ontario is behind other provinces and other parts of the world as well. Although there are programs and initiatives offered by school boards, there is little focus on environmental education and a lack of systems thinking within the curriculum. This report is a wake-up call as to what is obviously lacking in Ontario schools, students, teachers and curricula. The author states that although the Working Group's recommendations offer insight as to the basic steps needed to increase ecological consciousness in their children, these recommendations are not enough. The author stresses that this report would have been more compelling in 1998 when the issues first arose.
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Change, Educational Practices
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada