Maryland becomes first state with environmental literacy requirement

The actual content of the environmental literacy instruction will be decided locally, at the county level. Counties will have until April to present their curricula to the state superintendent for approval.

“There’s not an ideological push from anywhere as to what content ought to be, so counties can completely decide how to present the various sides of an issue to teach critical thinking and problem solving skills,” said Baugh.

“We’ve got 24 [counties] in Maryland, and all of their environmental literacy plans are likely to look a bit different,” Hedges said. “And that’s good.”

He added that 40 other states are now seeking to develop their own environmental literacy plans.

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