Cultivating Ingenuity- How a Hands-On Appreciation for Nature Can Spark a Lifetime of Learning
Published: January 27, 2010
As an avid recycler with a scientific background, this latest posting is in response to an article I recently read in; The Atlantic, by Caitlin Flanagan titled, "Cultivating Failure - How School Gardens are cheating our most vulnerable students". Basically, the article expounds that by having middle school children (especially immigrant and minority kids) participate in school garden activities or learn from curricula built around such endeavors we are "robbing an increasing number of American schoolchildren of hours they might otherwise have spent reading important books or learning higher math (attaining the cultural achievements, in other words, that have lifted uncounted generations of human beings out of the desperate daily scrabble to wrest sustenance from dirt)". To top off the insult, Ms. Flanagan even implies that "garden loving, home-cooking, and recycling" aficionados caught up in "organic food, nutrition and sustainability" are ultimately behind the demise of public education.