ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Climate change can be a touchy subject here in the United States, but that hasn’t stopped kids from asking tough questions about it.
Teachers are often the ones tasked with trying to answer those questions, which can feel like walking a tightrope in today’s polarized political climate.
Many teachers say they struggle to find reliable climate change resources for their students, or that they shy away from the topic because of issues with materials and due to the political sensitivities.
The Florida State Board of Education adopted a curriculum back in 2008 that does emphasize climate change and how humans are altering the planet.
Most school districts around Tampa Bay say they teach a number of concepts related to climate change in their classrooms, and say their teachers have the autonomy to design their own climate change-related lesson plans.
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