The end results from this, yes illegal overreach*, is every teacher that does conduct a field trip to one of our sites has complained about CC to me one way or another. Especially after watching their students spend a day in the woods or on the beach dealing with real issues and challenges.
Study after study indicates that students benefit the most and learn math, geometry, physics and so on, the best when doing real-world outdoor classes with peer interaction. Skills that develop in these outdoor classes are unattainable when a student looks down at a PC hour after hour. Let me take a class out onto a 1,500 acre State park and I will teach them more subjects in 4.5 hours than any indoor class room filled with computers can ever do. Need an example? Student lunches are bagged and hidden somewhere in the 1,500 acre park. They receive a compass, map and a Naturalist, like myself, to lead them. If they fail, lunch time will be postponed. When they succeed, (and they all do) they have learned how to survive in the wilderness, make new friends without computers, orienteering, geography, math, earth science, basic physics, effects of pollution, wildlife, poisonous plants, self confidence, and the list goes on.
We truly have a sad state when pedagogy in the schools deteriorates to lower standards because there is an absence of curriculum to foster critical thinking and the reason for this is the complete consumption of time to prepare students for the data-driven standardized tests under Common Core. ( * Use Link above to learn more on who and legal issues)
Bill Lauto, GTG
Environmental Scientist at
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