Some light reading for the rainy weekend:
Writer Caitlin Flanagan thinks school gardens are a rotten idea, especially for children of migrant workers. She blasts the Berkeley schools’ initiative in an essay titled “Cultivating Failure” in the January/February issue of the Atlantic.
Andrew Leonard, a Berkeley parent who helped build the garden at Malcolm X School, responded to Flanagan’s essay in a piece for Salon.com.
Of all of the things to find fault with in California public schools, I never thought school gardens would make the list. Who knows what Flanagan would have to say about the foodies at Melrose Leadership Academy, a middle school in East Oakland (their teacher, Gehry Oatey, blogs for Teacher, Revised)? Or the produce stands at 11-plus Oakland schools?