Ryan Walsh

Walk on the wild side

The case for outdoor learning has been consistently made, so why are so many schools not listening, asks Ryan Walsh

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Getting children to spend more time outdoors is very “in”. “Rewilding” is one of several buzzwords being used in the media – “nature deficit disorder” didn’t exist 11 years ago, and now everybody has it. It’s also big business.

A well-known laundry brand is telling us that “dirt is good” and we should get our children outside so that they can roll around in it (but don’t forget to buy the washing powder). And then there’s Pokémon Go, which encourages children to go outside – as long as they promise not to look up from their tablet or phone.

This isn’t rocket science. It’s a fairly well-known ...

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