Outdoor Learning is in a Class of Its Own
by Kim Thomas
Rating - ***
This article is about the importance of outdoor education in today's society.
Since most classes these days are confined between the four walls of a classroom, students hardly get time to do outdoor related activities. With these activities, students learn cooperation skills and also receive physical activity, which is important these days. The article explains that with all the emphasis on academic success, we are forgetting that academics are not the only important type of learning. Actual hands-on experiences help the brain develop basic skills such as movement and risk-taking skills. Unfortunately, funding for these types of outdoor education classes are being cut. Many students don't have the opportunity to explore the world around them and take a break from the repetitiveness of classroom activities. We need to keep these programs running and give very student a chance to learn in an outdoor environment.
This article makes me feel lucky that my school has an outdoor education program. It also made me learn the true importance of outdoor activities. this course provides students with experiences that they will remember for their lives and also knowledge that most people don't know. What you learn in this class could help you in day to day activities and may even save your life. I really want to make the most of this course because I won't get another opportunity like this again easily.