“By investing in education that will grow the next generation of innovators, scientists and environmental stewards, we will prepare our workforce of the future to meet the many economic, environmental, and energy-related challenges our country is facing.” - Congressman Sarbanes.
“To prepare American students to compete in the 21st century global economy, this bill uses an innovative approach to teaching science and bringing the benefits of outdoor activity to more children. Our bill promotes hands-on learning and an integrated curriculum, while bolstering important science, technology, engineering and math education programs.” - Senator Kirk.
We have known for years that studies show outside activities and hands-on learning contribute greatly to higher achievement levels in all subjects, including health, for all students. However, the facts of today show children are spending far less time outdoors compared to students of yesteryear. Especially with today's video games and computer electronics. Additionally, schools delete environmental programs and field trips first when faced with budget cuts.
As we proclaim this accomplishment as excellent bipartisan work, I will evaluate this as follows: People listened to each other, communicated well, worked together as one team to solve a serious problem. Team Work on Capitol Hill, what miracle will happen next? Yes, we are all on the same team.
Bill Lauto, GTG