An update on this bill’s passage:  Get Outside 2U.S. House of Representatives approved the No Child Left Inside Act of 2008 September 19th.

The bill received bi-partisan support and was approved by a vote of 294 to 108.
In case you are curious, here’s how your legislator voted.

Passage of this act would implement a variety of new educational standards on environmental literacy, detailed here.  Basically, it stuffs some outdoor education into the No Child Left Behind requirements. Since the net effect of NCLB seems to have been to make rote learning more common, this could be a great way to make learning more hands-on and natural.

What’s next?

If you visit the “Take Action” page of the NCLI, you can find info on a variety of ways you can encourage the passage of this bill.

Posted by Gwen Pearson

Writer. Nerd. Insect Evangelist. Have you heard the good news? BUGS!