With the rigorous end of the grade exams for elementary school children primarily focused on reading and math skills (other important topics including: environmental education) are no longer covered in most schools. As a result, students often feel like they are participating in endless practice tests without a sense of "how does this impact the world outside?" Currently there is a proposed act, The No Child Left Inside Act that offers to ensure that eco-friendly environmental education is covered as part of the school curriculum. As I am an eco-friendly activist, I am supportive of having environmental education included as part of the school's curriculum. However, I do not want another legislation that mandates standardized test assessments.
Instead, I would proposed that school classrooms are required to engage in eco-friendly projects and document how the students have learned from such eco-friendly community projects. This is reminiscent of my high school days when my high school mandated community service for students to complete in order to receive their high school diplomas. While I bickered and moaned about this requirement, I believe (after many years later) that it is one of the best requirements and enhanced my high school experience tremendously.
Therefore, again, if you are supportive of the No Child Left Inside Act, please also emphasize to your congress representative, that eco-friendly community service requirements and group projects would be preferred teaching tools as opposed to yet another set of standardized tests.
In the words of my children, "I know that the ozone hole is getting bigger and the ozone layer is getting thinner, but what can I do about it?" Let's teach them the eco-friendly facts and show them how they need to act in order to protect their future now.
Eco-friendly activist trying to make more healthy eco-friendly choices for my family.