March 20, 2009

Antidote to Nature Deficit

naturedeficit.jpgHere's a link to a recent PBS radio podcast I did on this topic as well as an article from CBS news. Here's the basic story. A few years ago, before MySpace, YouTube, Facebook, Halo, and Twitter national studies found that typical 8 - 13 year old kids in the U.S. were spending over 40 hours per week looking at a screen (excluding homework time). Chances are good those hours have only increased since. Meanwhile, researchers find solid links between excessive media use and obesity and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). On a more positive note, these researchers also find that when children explore, learn and play in nature, these conditions and disorders subside. It's really simple. Getting kids out in nature helps revive the spirit, engage our bodies, expose us to the curriculum of natural systems, and increase the relevance of education. For additional resources I highly recommend you check out the Children and Nature Network.

Posted by rohwedde at March 20, 2009 11:54 AM