In a quick e-mail from Ed Bruske, one of our Top GardenRanters of '09, we learned that "The Atlantic magazine serves up a scurrilous attack on school gardens. Could
gardening be the death of learning?" There's plenty of ranting on Ed's blog, too, despite its mild-mannered title – The Slow Cook.
Some teachers liked to take the students into the garden to write
essays or poems (reading and writing). Others used the planters as
places to paint or mount mosaics (art). In some of the classes, I
volunteered to plant seeds in little pots so the children could watch
them sprout (science). We also started a composting bin so the kids
could learn about micro-organisms and the decomposition process (more
science) and the importance of healthy soil. And of course they learned
about the wondrous process of photosynthesis, how plants turn sunlight
into food (still more science).
These young gardeners are blogging about it, too.