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Outdoors, but still sheltered

Wilderness activities are in vogue as a way of making a generation of overprotected children more resilient in the face of danger, but by risk-assessing them to oblivion, they’re doing the opposite, says John Rutter

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We’re all, it seems, trying to do some outdoor learning. In Scotland, it’s even a key component of the Curriculum for Excellence national strategy. Gone are the days when it was seen as something the hippy schools did – we’re all building fires and looking under logs for minibeasts now.

The embrace of outdoor learning has come because it is seen as a way of encouraging responsibility in our young people. Fears that modern society is giving rise to a generation unable to protect themselves from danger have led us to the situation where we believe taking children into the great outdoors and ...

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