Thursday, June 27, 2013

Ending a "Nature Deficit Disorder"

Photo courtesy of WWF
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) offers a program, No Child Left Inside (NCLB), that inspires youth to respect nature vs. a current trend tagged as a "nature-deficit disorder," a phrase  "...coined by author Richard Louv in his book Last Child in the Woods to describe what happens to young people who become disconnected from their natural world. Louv links this lack of nature to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression," notes the nonprofit's website.

Inspired by the lack of teaching flexibility, the NCLB program "... helps address this problem by giving new incentives and support to school systems to provide environmental education....(it) also recognizes that high-quality environmental education often requires students to use math, reading, science and writing skills as they pursue engaging activities.

"Expanded environmental education will also help boost academic achievement. A number of studies have found that students who take part in environmentally themed lessons do better in science and other subjects."

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