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|Submission Title:||Outdoor Education|
|Submission Entry:||Let me suggest an additional focus that should be expanded in any future physical education curriculum. It deals with the modern concept of nature deficit disorder as described in Richard Louv's book, Last Child in the Woods. His website leads to some very good research and resources, including the following quote:
"Consider the 2008 Recreation Participation Report," released this month. The report is based on a survey of more than 60,000 Americans, covering 114 different outdoor activities; it represents a collaborative effort by The Outdoor Foundation, Sporting Goods Manufacturing Association, and other outdoor recreation groups. Among its findings: adult participation is up slightly -- very slightly. But the survey also found a decline of more than 11 percent of participation in outdoor activities among young people age 6 to 17, with the sharpest decline among youngsters ages 6 to 12. We already knew that kids were becoming more disconnected in nature in recent decade -- but that's an additional 11 percent decline in a single year."
Outdoor activities are fun and lead to better physical fitness. Let’s see more of this in our future physical education curriculums.