Principles of Natural Education
Work through the series of questions below related to the importance of maintaining a connection with the natural world and getting outside as a child.
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1. Come up with 5 insights into nature that you have learned through immersing yourself outside that you might not have learned the same in a classroom. *
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2. Explain at least two things that people are missing by restricting themselves to technology and not going outside as much. *
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3. Read the following quote from Henry David Thoreau's Walden and describe how his ideas connect to the importance of getting out and away occasionally. "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was no life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion."
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4. Watch the TED Talk by Frances Krusekopf and summarize what she believes the issue is, and how she suggests addressing it. ( *
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