Analysis of the Last Child in the Woods

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Analysis of the Last Child in the Woods Witten By: Richard Louv By: Michelle Jordan After reading the passages from the Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv readers can see that Louv is explaining how children these days lack exposure to nature and how that can lead to what he believes to be nature- deficit disorder. Louv shows readers certain situations where children have been forced to abandon the outdoors and therefore stay cooped up inside their homes. He shows the readers how important it is to be outside for physical and emotional health, as children and as an adult, by explaining that lack of nature can lead to obesity, attention disorders and depression, but he also shows that there are always solutions to the smallest of problems. The main argument that Louv is trying to imply is that nature is essential to growing up. He says that children who play outside and explore the great outdoors are more creative and that being outside help children become better athletes, and prevent depression. How do we know that? Louv says all these facts but fails to show hard concrete evidence; where are the experiments that prove his theory? In the beginning of the passage readers were shown that at Scripps Ranch Community Association, children were doing normal outside activities, but then were asked to stop by the community association. Therefore moving all activities inside which caused parents to watch their children become couch potatoes. The parents took action and decided to make a skate park 10 miles from their community and allow their children to be outside again. When parents leave their kids alone for a minute anything can happen. Paton mentioned in his article that (Paton, 2012) “Research by the charity the National Children’s Bureau showed that under 15 are now less likely to enjoy outdoor play than in previous generations. It was revealed

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