Each of the three sources given have been widely discredited as reliable guides. The 'heightened awareness' of which she speaks is best decoded as 'irresponsible, ill-informed alarmism'.
Laframboise has spotted several other phrases to raise the hackles of the concerned citizen:
- educating for sustainability should begin very early in life. (p. 12)
- Young children can be encouraged to question over-consumption. (p. 13)
- young children have capacities to be active agents of change now… (p. 20, italics in original)
- Through their learning and social activism, the children were able to highlight their concerns… (p. 22)
- even very young children…can be proactive participants…as initiators, provocateurs, researchers and environmental activists. (p. 22)
- learning begins at birth…and even before. (p. 54)
- We must find some effective methods of teaching sustainable development that can make children understand deeply, and even shock them out of their unawareness. (p. 85)
'Anthropogenic Global Warming', all but spent.
'Sustainable Development', let's try that one again.
Fred Singer has published a brief history of 'sustainable development', which goes back to the 1960s, and in that piece he provides this quote from a Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars:
Note added 9 Feb 2012: '“Every early-years teacher in the state and the independent sector has told me how much they wish the Government wouldn’t treat childhood as a race,” says Sue Palmer, author of Toxic Childhood and a signatory to the letter.
“Schools have become sausage factories as it is, and putting little children into the grinder earlier and earlier doesn’t make it any better.”'
Quote from an article on state interference at the pre-school level: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/9066921/Knickers-to-the-nappy-curriculum.html