No Child Left Inside
In the last few years, the No Child Left Inside movement has gained momentum. The movement seeks to encourage and provide funding for environmental education and to establish and implement an Environmental Literacy Plan for grades K-12. Public schools must prepare young people for a future where they must grapple with increasingly complex environmental issues, such as global climate change, air and water pollution, and the loss of ecologically sensitive habitats.
An Environment Literacy Plan would require students to have a solid background in math, reading, science, AND environmental education.
Unfortunately, as it stands now, more and more schools leave environmental education behind due to pressure to focus exclusively on a narrow curriculum mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act. Concentrating on standardized tests that cover only a few subjects deprives students of the valuable lessons of a broad curriculum that includes hands-on field experiences.
Beyond that, the nationwide problem of disconnectedness from nature is only worsening. It is estimated that 90% of childrens' time today is spent indoors, which has serious physical consequences, including rising rates of obesity, diabetes, attention deficit disorder and asthma. A viable solution to all these problems is the adoption of an environmental literacy plan, championed by the No Child Left Inside movement.