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The Case Against the Edible Schoolyard

2008_12_aw.jpgThis month's issue of The Atlantic fires a big shot at Alice Waters' Edible Schoolyard movement. The article is full of myriad points against the increasingly popular "garden curricula," namely the simple fact that it doesn't make for a better education: "I have spent many hours poring over the endless research on the positive effects of garden curricula, and in all that time, I have yet to find a single study that suggests classroom gardens help students meet the state standards for English and math ... With the Edible Schoolyard, and the thousands of similar programs, the idea of a school as a venue in which to advance a social agenda has reached rock bottom. " [The Atlantic via Eater National]