Target: United States Congress
Goal: Implement K-12 environmental literacy programs
It is no secret that the planet is in distress and needs our service in educating the children on ways to enrich the future. There is a possible solution found in the bi-partisan bill, No Child Left Inside (NCLI), that would teach students about endangered species conservation, ocean protection, climate change, animal welfare, water resources, energy independence, recycling, and more. Congress must pass this bill so that new educational programs will motivate children to manifest skills required to move towards a sustainable future for generations to come.
The National Environmental Education Foundation is the nation’s largest organization devoted to environmental learning. It is an ideal way to stimulate the academic and social growth of young people. As a project of the National Environmental Education Week, the foundation has designed methods to promote the conservation of the natural environment by enhancing specific critical thinking skills.
The Environment-based education system emphasizes a “good science” program that teaches questioning, investigating, forming hypotheses, interpreting data, analyzing, developing conclusions, and solving problems. All of these skills are ultimately connected to the science, mathematics, social studies, and language arts departments and work to bring the children closer to home by engaging them in what interests them the most, our environment.
Since children have a natural interest in the environment, it has been found by Environmental Education (EE) that they are even more motivated in learning about subjects such as science and math. The high stakes testing required under the No Child Left Behind Act forces many teachers to focus exclusively on math and english. This contributes to a stress-filled classroom with pressures of meeting state requirements in math and science testing.
However, when children are interested in learning about the environment while studying crucial math and science skills, teachers will also be inspired in implementing programs that will raise test scores around the nation and improve overall education.
It is time to make some educational changes in our school systems by implementing an environmental education program. The NCLI already has the support of more than 2,000 organizations, representing some 50 million Americans. This program could boost the current test scores of children in both the math and science departments by motivating them to learn about the natural sciences found in the outdoors.
U.S. senators and representative must revive the NCLI for the children and the overall health of our Earth.
Dear United States Congress,
I urge you to pass the bi-partisan bill, No Child Left Inside Act (NCLI) that would implement an environmental education program for k-12. Our children are motivated to learn crucial math and science skills by engaging in the what interests them the most, our environment.
It is no secret that the children of our nation are lacking in math and science skills and this educational program will work to improve their skills by incorporating the same critical thinking methods found in the math, science, language arts, and social studies subjects.
It is our responsibility to teach the children of our future the necessary skills to sustain the health of our future for generations to follow. The current status of our planet is in great need for educational programs that teach about endangered species conservation, ocean protection, climate change, animal welfare, water resources, energy independence, recycling, and more.
Please revive the NCLI Act to make sure that no child really is left behind. It is evident now more than ever before that the health and future of our planet depends on educating our children on the skills needed to sustain our beautiful planet Earth.
[Your Name Here]
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