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Next Classroom for OH Kids: The Great Outdoors

October 31, 2007

Columbus, OH – Ohio kids may get a break from the classroom to enjoy learning of a different kind, outdoors. A provision in the "No Child Left Behind" Act, now up for renewal in Congress, includes grants and other support to help schools teach about the environment. A coalition of more than 100 environmental, education, and public health groups calls the plan "No Child Left Inside," and Brenda Metcalf with the Environmental Education Council of Ohio says Mother Nature has plenty to offer to help teach children about their surroundings. She adds it may also help prepare some of them for future jobs in the environmental sciences.

"When we pull them inside and expect them to learn everything from a textbook, it's not human nature; we are an outdoor species. They can learn the basics of earth science, biology, and geology, just by being out there."

The pressure for schools to prepare students for standardized tests means there's not a lot of time for environmental activities and field trips, but Metcalf explains learning in outdoor settings can actually boost standardized test performance. She says it's especially helpful for science education, which is often a trouble spot for students.
She cites Ohio's better-than-average performance in environmental education, but adds a little help from Congress could go a long way to expand and improve such programs.

Rob Ferrett/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - OH