Our kids are chubby video game addicts who wouldn’t know a tree from a boulder. The solution to this growing problem? Force them to play outside. The No Child Left Inside Act is a proposal by a coalition of environmental groups (including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation) that aims to expand and strengthen environmental education in school curriculums.

The proposal hinges on the notion that outdoor instruction improves academic performance while giving kids a life-long connection to their environment and would provide schools with the resources to make nature-based experiences available at public schools across the country. The plan would fund teacher training, create state environmental literacy plans, and provide grant programs to support environmental education.

The coalition hopes to fold the provisions of the No Child Left Inside proposal into the No Child Left Behind Act, which is currently before Congress for renewal.

For more information: www.cbf.org