Most schools today are very focused on traditional subjects like Math and Reading. Even with a new emphasis on Science and Engineering, especially for girls, there are very important subjects that can provide valuable skills but are often overlooked in a traditional school setting. These are not the subjects that can you can measure on a standardized test but they provide an outlet that can help students have better focus and ultimately lead to a better lifestyle.
Not only does gardening provide our most basic and one of our most important needs, food, it also gives a great overview of how life and death work. It shows how life begins and the need for nurturing. It shows how life matures and how as things get older they don’t require as much care but they will always need some care to continue to flourish. Gardening gives a satisfaction of a job well done when you reap what you have sown and get to enjoy the rewards of your labor. Lastly, gardening teaches that life will always come to an end but that new life begins when old life is ended. These are life lessons that every student can use.
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