No child left... where?
No Child Left Inside is the name of the legislation recently introduced by U.S. Rep. John P. Sarbanes. As the Maryland congressman's press release explains, the No Child Left Behind Act has led to such emphasis on standardized tests that school kids aren't getting outside much anymore for recess, field trips and "outdoor environmental activities." No Child Left Inside would change that, requiring states to submit plans showing the "environmental literacy" of their high school graduates and providing new money both for states to advance environmental education and for teacher training in the subject. Sarbanes intends for the legislation to be included in the reauthorized version of No Child Left Behind. It's being backed by the "No Child Left Inside Coalition," made up of groups including the Sierra Club, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
Sarbanes isn't the only one who thinks the slogan is catchy. In Connecticut, Gov. M. Jodi Rell has launched the No Child Left Inside initiative to encourage families to visit the state's parks and other outdoor attractions.