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Education Sunday - 8 Feb 2009
However Environmental Education is important whatever the year
Judith Allinson (CEL's Web Editor) writes:
In our prayers on this day let us give thanks to, and for, teachers for taking children on field trips and nature walks, and for parents associations and school governors who support this.
I used to teach at Malham Tarn Field Centre where children come and have a brilliant time in the countryside, a good social time and also learn a lot of geography and ecology.
I also remember myself as a youngster being taken on and sent on good field trips and a walking holiday whilst at school and on two church youth weekends.
Looking back I am now very grateful for being sent as a child/teenager.
I am very grateful that teachers make the effort to send students to Malham and other Field Centres. And I know it is an effort for some of them.
These events would not happen if teachers (and others) did not spend a lot of time and effort in organising or in encouraging students to go. In many schools children are not sent. They do not have the opportunity to "BE" in the countryside.
Sometimes teachers - or head teachers do not want the hassle. They are more worried about the danger of being sued if there is an accident, or they have so many other responsibilities at the school that they have no time to organise this.
So a big thank you
Could you write to your MP and campaign to get more fieldwork taught in the syllabus and more opportunity for children to visit the countryside?
taken from Field Studies Council (FSC) website (The Field Studies Council has 17 centres throughout the UK)
Write to your local MP and tell him some of the above facts.
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