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Why is Outdoor Education not talked about as part of the curriculum in a viable alternative education?

I'm an aspiring outdoor educator which means anything from facilitating student groups or company executives through initiative, team-building or leadership games to leading months long expeditions through the back country with almost any non- motorized form of transport. I'm also a student that was empowered by a semester through the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Through this program and also through any experience I have outside, I learn and feel inspired to teach an enormous amount. Outdoor or Adventure Education is an idea I find worth spreading.


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    May 12 2013: Many schools, public and private, have outdoor programs. In some cases the Outdoor program is required and in others optional.

    Normally outdoor educators are contracted as guides and for essential supervision, though teachers at school are involved as well.

    The means of financing the experience varies. There may be fairly substantial fees to participants, but some organizations providing those services have a special fee structure for schools in which the kids cannot afford to pay the typical fees.

    Have you done some research into this?
    • May 13 2013: I have a general knowledge of how outdoor ed. works and the inherent risks and benefits. While I haven't been actively employed as an outdoor educator, I have worked alongside them in outdoor fields and been a student in a National Outdoor Leadership School semester.
      I know there are programs out there and that they help many people, but if this is the case, why isn't Outdoor Education a bigger part of the education revolution?
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        May 13 2013: I think others have raised some of the issues, including expense and safety and a greater priority placed on language, math, science, arts, and social studies as things schools have a relative advantage in providing. Physical education is getting more attention again, which offers some of the physical, teamwork, and problem-solving benefits that outdoor programs provide and are typically accessible on or near the school grounds (without needing to pay for buses) even in very urbanized areas.

        I live near a park in medium sized city, and I see school groups there all the time doing either physical activities, nature study, or sketching and writing.

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