No Child Left Inside
Here, here. Even if people can't agree on whether No Child Left Behind is a worthy law, we can agree, can't we, that our kids don't go outside near enough, and that environmental ed doesn't receive the attention it deserves. Well, thank our lucky stars (and our green clovers), there's a movement afoot to change that, with proposed federal legislation that would make No Child a little more grounded in the real world.
Among other things, the No Child Left Inside Act (click here to see the House version and here for the Senate's) would provide new money for states to make sure kids know why things like global warming and Brazilian pepper matter, and hopefully loose them to stomp down a creek now and then. More than 100 organizations representing 14 million members back the bill, including the National Wildlife Federation and the National Education Association.
If 197 Democrats and 184 Republicans in the U.S. House and 42 D's and 44 R's in the U.S. Senate could find enough common ground in 2001 to vote for No Child Left Behind, then putting a little green into the law now should be a snap, no?
- Ron Matus, state education reporter