March 25, 2009

Congress to consider No Child Left Inside Act

ScrippsNews reports that the "No Child Left Inside Act," which passed the U.S. House of Representatives last year, will be reintroduced in the House and Senate in the coming weeks. Last year, Congress ran out of time to finish work on the measure.

The bill, if passed by Congress and signed by the president, would introduce environmental education as a subject in grades K-12. The act would also require school systems to build environmental literacy, strengthen teacher training and provide federal grants to help schools pay for outdoor education, according U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., lead sponsor of the House bill. This year, the Senate sponsor of the bill is Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I.

The article goes on to note that the amount of time kids spend outdoors has declined by 50 percent in the past 20 years - a startling statistic, to say the least. What do you think it'll take to get kids to spend more time outdoors, reconnecting with nature?

 

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