24 March, 2011

Enforced Donation in Addition to Indoctrination

Students in a Society and History (SAH) class on “the Impact of Climate Change” at a Tasmanian high school, must donate to a Canadian environmental organisation in order to be awarded points in a “scavenger hunt” and to gain marks.

During your current course of study on climate change you will be required to conduct a scavenger hunt as homework to submit at the end of the unit.
You will need to collect data or create as many of the projects on the scavenger hunt list as possible.  The person that collects the most points is the winner and will receive a prize, with runner up prizes as well!!  [sic]
The SAH teacher is also a teacher of English.
The last two items of the list are:
Sell deforestACTION land vouchers to combat climate change.  (15 points for every $2 voucher sold)
Through the deforestACTION web site join the cause and register as a [...] High students (30 points, get 5 others to join through you and get 50 points).  [sic]
Details of what proportion of donations may be spent on administration, marketing, transportation and attractive office furniture are not provided but, according to its web-site, deforestACTION is:
a global action project, involving millions of young people around the world, saving the world’s forests. The project is supported by TakingITGlobal and Microsoft Partners in Learning, as part of the Shout environmental education initiative.
TakingITGlobal was founded in 1999 in Toronto, Canada, by Jennifer Corriero (Executive Director) and Michael Furdyk (Director of Technology).  By the way, TakingITGlobal is “Carbon Balanced”; it “offsets carbon generated from [its] servers, travel, office and staff commutes!”
See Mathew Trevisan, in The Globe and Star, “Social networking for social change”:
In addition to its main site, TakingITGlobal has also created an online education module.  For $30, teachers can set up a virtual classroom where students can post blogs and research social issues.  Teachers can also incorporate lesson plans developed by TakingITGlobal and communicate with educators in other countries.  Almost 950 classrooms in 57 countries currently use the technology.
Ms. Corriero now employs about 25 full-time staff in Toronto and more than 170 part-time workers and volunteers around the world.  Online membership has increased steadily, and funding generates about $1.4-million a year.
But almost all of this money is derived from project-based grants dispersed by Canadian government organizations like the Canadian International Development Agency, corporations like Microsoft, and foundations like the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation.

1 comment:

ItsFairComment said...

It's hard to believe that adults are
talking about Carbon Dioxide - plant food - the essential for life.