The Learning Renaissance

Growing Power For Young, and Not So Young, Minds!

I’ve worked with schools which have built growing food into the curriculum and then used it as the basis of practical maths exercises and to supply the school kitchen as a commercial mini enterprise.

Rural studies was once a staple of the curriculum and should return as a kinaesthetic and practical subject to encourage teamwork, nutrition and enterprise.

The benefits of working outside on a long term project that requires the application of science, patience and strategic planning provides valuable lessons for all students to learn the importance of the stewardship of nature as well as the basics of good nutrition.

The product, at the end, has a commercial value and can fuel a mini enterprise selling the crop to either the school canteen, or to parents or local grocery outlets, thereby helping the students helping to understand entrepreneurial activities and a profit and loss account.

I’m sure the innovative school could do sponsorship deals with local garden centres, or seed purveyors, to offset the initial set up costs, for example, a poly tunnel could ensure that the activity was available all year round.

I had the good fortune to be involved with such an enterprise with a local charity for adults with learning disabilities, called REACH. They focussed their activities on producing high end British cut flowers on a what was originally a piece of waste land at the edge of the Nottingham Trent University Brackenhurst Campus. It is now a venue for a range of courses and called Flowerpod.

Read more here: Every School Should Have a Year-Round Gardening Program! | GoodsHomeDesign. com

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About educationalist04

I'm convinced we can, as a species, do much better than this if we set our minds to being much more positive and productive towards our fellow humans. The solution is learning - creating independent and autonomous learners who can problem solve, innovate and create a better more equitable and sustainable world. My books, Future Proof Your School and Re-Examining Success together with this blog, explore how better learning outcomes for all can be achieved.

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