Children are losing their connection to the real world hidden behind electronics and cities.

Rachel Carson said, “A child’s world is fresh and new and . . . is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood.” I’m lucky enough to have recess and chances to explore nature at my school. All kids should have this opportunity.

Teenagers and children are losing their connection to nature. More outdoor time at school is an important tool to mend that relationship. Nature is a healing method and an educator.

The outside world does not teach us square roots; nature teaches us the bigger life lessons. Nature is healing because it is our original home. There is no pressure or due dates in nature. Recess and field trips are ways students recharge and learn.

Teenagers and children are slowly losing their connection to the natural world around us. Not only are they avoiding nature, they are drawn to hand-held devices like magnets. Technology is changing our lifestyle, pulling us farther from our original place of being.

Schools use computers as a learning tool, pulling kids away from nature. It’s true that computers are important to a child’s education, but the outdoors provides an education that computers can’t teach.

Outdoor recess encourages kids to get out in nature. According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, recess reduces bullying, makes kids feel safer, provides physical activity and prepares kids to learn. Time in nature at school provides all the benefit of recess while rejuvenating students’ minds, increasing freedom and stimulating creativity.

The future of education revolves around nature. Nature is the greatest educator. It teaches you important lessons for surviving childhood. Start by adding recess, nature time and field trips to your school’s mission and curriculum. Get students outside, exploring and being themselves.

Cordelia Perry

student, Breakwater School, Portland