No Child left iNside
since we’re in our summer “aviation mode” imagine that the object in the Walt Whitman poem below might be an airplane,
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a helicopter or a kite. Hey, even a soaring bird would do! Just envi-
sion it as something that flies. What a joy to have aviation enter a young life. I’m going to
issue a challenge: Introduce at least five young people to aviation of some sort this summer
and make it happen outside. Why did we all dislike ground
school so much? It was probably inside a classroom—emphasis
I’m fortunate enough to be associated with a high school that
has a very environmentally-friendly approach to education.
There was a child went forth every day
And the first object he look’d upon,
that object he became,
And that object became part of him for the day
or a certain part of the day,
Or for many years or stretching cycles of years.
live in metropolitan environments, there is an increased concern for “strangers” in our children’s lives, more children have
parents who are working longer hours and might not have the
freedom we used to. When I was growing up – ok, I’ll admit that
makes me sound REALLY ancient and I’ve already embraced
that! – in the summer we were outside from the time we woke
up until the sun went down and we were made to come inside.
You might not agree with everything in this book by Richard
Louv, but it will certain make you question the status quo. The
book is also one of the starting points for a new school movement (and one much better than the original “No Child” thinking ) No Child Left Inside. I hate the original. However, I heartily subscribe to the mandates of No Child Left Inside and we can
apply it to our love of aviation.
Where can you begin to introduce a child to aviation and be
outside? Let me give you a few examples. My four grandchildren
range in age from 9 to 17. They’re all healthy and active kids,
but the youngest would really be happiest sitting behind his
drum set or, if my daughter-in-law wouldn’t turn into his version of the wicked witch, he’d love to sit in front of a computer