Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Pollution litters the classroom

Is there a connection between environmental injustice and children’s ability to learn?

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has estimated that, of the 39 pollutants they measure in San Francisco neighborhoods, the highest concentrations of 20 of them were found in Bayview Hunter’s Point.

Our neighborhood has four times as many toxins released as all other neighborhoods in the city, as well as four times the state rate of hospitalization for chronic diseases like emphysema, diabetes, asthma and hypertension.

It is no coincidence, according to a local examiner.com education blogger, that schools are experiencing a high incidence of exceptional children needing special education.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It was very interesting for me to read that post. Thanx for it. I like such themes and anything connected to them. I definitely want to read a bit more on that blog soon.