2 December 2013
Last Child in the Woods
Nature is full of beautiful sites that people enjoy seeing. If the outdoors is so amazing then why do children tend to stay inside instead of going outside? Today’s children enjoy playing video games more than going out running in the forest because it brings them more excitement. Some children don’t like getting their hands dirty, so they like video games more than the outdoors. There are many beautiful things to see outside rather than that plain old TV screen. By allowing your child to stay inside daily, it can and will have effects on the child’s outdoor experience. Children should go outside and play while they are still youthful, because they will not be a young age forever.
In Last Child in the Woods, Louv makes many connections to the readers by exploring a child that is watching TV in a SUV instead of going outdoors. “Why do so many Americans say they want their children to watch less TV, yet continue to expand the opportunities for them to watch it”(Lovu 64)? Is everyone just all talk, or will they actually enforce rules upon their children? This quote reminds me of my Aunt telling me how her children watch TV more in the car rather than looking out the window. This surprised me because I thought her children would like to see the outdoors. My Aunt has now forced her children to go outside for at least an hour every day, but what does that help if they come back in and sit down right in front of the TV? My Aunt now limits the amount of TV her children are allowed to watch, and she encourages the children to stay outside. If everyone was to put limits to the amount of TV watched by children, I think more children would be in the great outdoors discovering the world.
Louv has acquired great information over his lifespan, from his many jobs and books written. The passage we read is Louv’s seventh work of art. Louv was a columnist for the San Diego newspaper between 1984 and 2007. He has been a...
Cited: Louv, Richard. Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-deficit Disorder. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin of Chapel Hill, 2005. Print.
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