I could not resist the chance to join into this fun topic. Our educational system here is always under fire for one thing or another. Not enough STEM, too much free time, too little physical activity (true)…
I believe you get out what you put in. Sure our school systems could be better, but so could our parenting. Parents should foster a love for learning and focus their children instead of scattering them across too many activities.
The one thing I would change and already see changing is to teach children the rewards and joys of growing their own healthy, delicious produce. For much of history most kids learned such skills at home. Now children find their produce stuck to a paper board and wrapped in cellophane. The connection between soil, sunlight and plants has been lost! Mother Nature has taken a backseat to facebook, twitter and video games.
School gardens are popping up everywhere. Some are funded by grants and others are added because it is the “in thing” to do. The benefits of a school garden can be amazing. Kids are curious and nature is the ultimate vehicle to fuel the inquisitive mind.
Simple skills that are learned in the garden can help shape healthy eating habits and teach kids to care for themselves by growing their own produce. I am constantly amazed and inspired by watching children who visit our edible gardens. They ask so many questions and want to try foods their parents never thought they would give a second look to.
So, who else is in favor of the school garden to cafeteria approach??? Does your local school have an edible garden where vegetables, fruits and maybe even some herbs grow?
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The New School.”