Outdoor “education was not happening in any systemic way prior to the passage of No Child Left Behind â€“ especially in higher poverty schools,” he writes.
The issue here is not No Child Left Behind, itâ€™s schools that do not use science, the environment, history, etc. to fuel a powerful instructional program but instead employ empty calorie type teaching. Those schools and the problems that give rise to them should be the target of these efforts not a federal law that holds schools accountable for teaching students reading and math and focuses especially on minorities and poor students. The notion that reading and math is at odds with teaching kids about conservation is absurd and counterproductive.
My daughter was educated in good public schools in the pre-NCLB era. Much of science education consisted of singing songs about not littering, making posters about not littering and learning the parts of a flower. It all took place inside the classroom.