Monday, February 12, 2018

Give Me the Child for the First Seven Years . . .

. . . and I will give you the man.
Jesuit maxim widely attributed to Ignatius Loyola; according to Three Myths, by A. Beichman et al. (1981), p. 48, this saying was "attributed to him (perhaps mischievously) by Voltaire."
Going green for little kids means dressing in the dark, turning off the iPad
Each morning, 10-year-old Tuyet Le gets ready for her day with the lights off. By choice.

“Many people can turn on the lights and then they’re not helping the Earth,” said Tuyet, a student at William Tyler Page Elementary School in Silver Spring. “So it’s better to turn off more.”

Tuyet has been passionate about helping the Earth since — she pauses, mulling — she was 7 or 8 and joined her school’s green team as an environmental ambassador in classrooms and at home. Learning about the environment at school sparked her passion.

“I use less water when I’m brushing my teeth and then my lights are off when I’m changing, so I can save electricity,” she said. “At the end of the day, I always turn off my iPad before I go to bed,” and she’s sparing with shower water.
I don't have a problem with Tuyet dressing in the dark, or turning off her IPad, but I hope someone attempted to put the size of her savings in context of the average household energy and water budget. I do get a little, no, make that a lot, tired of the level of propaganda being promulgated in schools.

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