A post by Pat
It’s the No Child Left Inside Act of 2009. Oh, there’s a lot more to it than getting the kids outside. We have recess for that. It’s federal funding for environmentalist propaganda.
â€œThese young people will be the environmental stewards and leaders of tomorrow, and we have to prepare them today â€“ and thatâ€™s the whole point of this legislation.â€
The bill, sponsored and co-sponsored by Democrats, was introduced in the House and Senate on Earth Day, April 22. It would provide $500 million over five years to schools with approved â€œenvironmental literacyâ€ plans for students in grades kindergarten through 12, and offer competitive grants to schools and non-profits for outdoor education projects.
But some critics charge that what appears to support getting kids outside to learn about nature also promotes an environmental message with a more political agenda.
â€œThe Obama administration and Congress are moving toward having the power of a national school board,â€ Dan Lips, a senior policy analyst with the conservative Heritage Foundation, told CNSNews.com.
In addition to the $500 million from this new legislation, the The No Child Left Inside Coalition has its eyes on some of the $100 billion in the stimulus bill for education. Maybe they’re angling for some loot from the healthcare money pot too considering young people are in danger of Nature Deficit Disorder.
The Obama Administrationâ€™s new stimulus package contains more than $100 billion for education. There are funds that may be available for the development and implementation of environmental literacy plans and for model environmental education programs. We urge members of the Coalition to monitor the Department of Education website…for information on grant eligibility and to apply for funding.
“Educators must be given the training the tools, and the time to incorporate environmental education meaningfully. Additionally, states in partnership with LEAâ€™s and other stakeholders must develop plans to ensure that all children are provided the learning experiences they need to become environmentally literate. In 2008, environmental literacy cannot be a privilege reserved for a few; it is a right and a responsibility that every one of us must undertake.â€ ~NEA letter to Congress, 2008
This bill was also introduced last year but didn’t make it through the Senate. It was sidetracked by the economic crisis of all things. No lessons learned there.
It’s flat out wrong for the schools to be used as indoctrination camps for leftwing causes even if the government had real money to spend. When I was a kid we’d rip leaves off the tress to use as play money. Now the government is ripping off kids. Wait until these future stewards of the environment realize the total effect of government irresponsibility in their childhood amounts to one gigantic No Child Left Untaxed law.