Is it safe to say that the life we live is chosen for us, or do we truly have a choice in how we turn out? Taken from the first perspective, we are all taught the same material in school, we all have similar classes until middle school, and even then we don’t have too many opportunities to venture outside the curriculum too far. Now that schools have adopted technology though, children have access to so many more chances to learn from others and different sources.
I want to know how we can teach our kids to appreciate the outdoors when we’re stuck in a school. I know there are programs that are taking their classes to new environments, but how many are there that don’t. Our natural world is a great wonder and rather than somebody getting stuck in math or science, what if we could take those same kids and put them in a conservation program so that science becomes real and not something we’re forced to sit through. I want to know how we can show our children that taking care of our resources and fisheries can multiply the chance for others to get a chance to fish if the proper care is taken of certain species. And who knows, maybe their math skills can be put to use counting the number of fry that go into the rivers and lakes and then when later counted, they can tell how many have survived and do their percentages from the research shown.
I’m so fortunate to have had teachers who enjoyed their jobs well enough to put up with the antics of our grades. Looking back, I can’t believe that a few of them didn’t make us do more suspensions, but here we are today, trying to add to society. Let’s not coast through life because we can find anything we want on Google. Let’s get out and help our schools and see if there are ways that we can encourage our young people. Volunteer to mentor youth programs, lead a Boy Scout troop function, share your love of the outdoors with someone younger. There are needs all around us that we must look for and try to fill in the gaps, otherwise there won’t be opportunities like we had growing up.