From the April 22, 2009 No Child Left Inside Coalition press release: “Citing the critical need to improve environmental education across the country, The No Child Left Inside Coalition today applauded Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD) for introducing the Senate and House versions of the historic No Child Left Inside Act (NCLI) on Earth Day 2009. The bi-partisan legislation, if passed, would mark the first environmental education legislation to pass Congress in more than 25 years.”
How cool is this? As a kid who spent half my childhood climbing trees and the other half with my nose in books, I’m backing this thing 100%. And if my description of a childhood sounds anything like yours, you should be behind it, too.
According to the coalition, research shows that when environmental education is integrated into the curriculum, student achievement increases in core academic areas including science, math, and reading. The bill authorizes new funding for states to provide high-quality, environmental instruction. Funds would support outdoor learning activities both at school and in non-formal environmental education centers, teacher professional development, and the creation of state environmental literacy plans.
So calling all outdoorsy people! Calling all people who are sick of video games and iPods. Join the coalition and sign the petition at http://www.cbf.org/site/PageServer?pagename=act_sub_actioncenter_federal_NCLB! I already have!