A food revolution: It’s not egg salad

February 26, 2010 at 10:40 pm 3 comments

Alice Waters promotes school gardens as a way to “help students learn the pleasure of physical work.”

Caitlin Flanagan, however, denounces school gardens as a patronizing and unfounded encroachment on the back-to-basics curricula that schools should be advancing.

In “Cultivating Failure: How school gardens cheat out most vulnerable students,” Flanagan contends we should see these initiatives for what they really are: “a way of bestowing field work and low expectations on a giant population of students who might become troublesome if they actually got an education.”

It is a stinging and provocative criticism, and one that I recommend reading — but her argument is powerfully rebutted, I think, with the following clip that woefully exposes the frightening ignorance kids have of what real, whole foods even look like.

Confronted with the fact that diet related disease is the biggest killer in the United States. Jamie’s one wish to change the world is to teach every kid about food. Please take 20 minutes and watch his passionate TED Prize talk, embedded below, about how we are slowly killing ourselves and our children with the foods we (don’t) eat.

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  • 1. jleeger  |  March 1, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Yes, good comments JR. Caitlin Flanagan is a mixed-bag for me. Her arguments are often strange and contradictory (or at least seem so to me).

    I’m totally unclear how gardening in school becomes “field labor”…but more, I’m unclear why “field labor” has a negative connotation!!!

    What’s wrong with getting your hands dirty and working in the field to grow the foods you eat?

    There are strange values at work behind her words.

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Jason R. Atwood

I'm an avid trail runner and doctoral student at U.C. Berkeley who studies motivation and the relationship between the mind and body. This blog is a forum to share research, news, and musings about these topics of interest. More

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