Portland Press Herald: A more sophisticated curriculum works because Maine students come to their classrooms with a working understanding of many environmental issues.
“Kids in Maine are surrounded, whether they are tuned in or not, to the conversation about lobster, or the conversation about cod, or they’re living it in their home,” said Leigh Peake, chief education officer at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute.
“I think they are aware, in a way I was not, of the broader ecological dynamics going on around them,” she said. “There is a new level of sophistication in their questions. Instead of asking a ‘what is this?’ kind of question, they are asking a ‘why is this?’ sort of question.”