From Pencils to Pruners: The benefits of school gardens

Students are improving their schools, communities and the planet through school gardens.

Last month, President Obama released federal guidelines to curb standardized testing in public schools—limiting it to a maximum of 2% of classroom time—a bold call to action stemming from ongoing complaints from teachers, students, and parents that too much emphasis has been put on teaching to the test, with little evidence that it’s paying off in terms of improved student achievement.

As an environmentalist that works with youth, I’m especially interested to hear this news, and not just because of the number of trees that will be saved from becoming score sheets for students to fill in their bubble answers.

According to a study by the Council of Great City Schools, students in public schools in our nation’s largest cities take a whopping 112 mandatory standardized tests before they graduate. Just imagine how that amount of school time could be repurposed...

This article was written by Brigitte Griswold and first appeared on TreeHugger.