"For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.” - Aristotle
Translation: Dirty kids = learning kids. There has been a quiet yet powerful educational revolution growing in schoolyards across the world, and children are digging in. What has sprouted from an urgency to combat the rapid growth of childhood obesity has now taken root in our educational system in the form of Edible Education and is clearly finding its position on the class menu of offerings.
Which begs the question -- How can we as a society raise intelligent, well-rounded, tech-savvy children who don’t even know where their food comes from and how to feed themselves? The mother of the Edible Education movement, Alice Waters, stated it best: “Teaching kids how to feed themselves and how to live in a community responsibly is the center of an education.”
Edible Education -- teaching the art of cultivating and cooking one’s own food -- sounds like a nice side dish to the robust and meaty core subjects’ center plate, when in actuality it’s more like a slow simmering stew of arithmetic, literacy, history, politics, language arts, and science peppered with ecology, community, accountability, self-preservation, and independence developed in rich gastronomy to craft a complete meal for the mind. It’s active learning at its best, a legitimate and delicious way to involve all the senses. Edible Education engages the whole brain, and students from early childhood to college are eating it up and hungry for more.
The time is ripe for change and for a shift in paradigm when it comes to feeding our children better and how we educate them about food. Edible Education is a way for parents, students, educators, and the greater community to roll up their sleeves and dig into schools and serve up learning in a delectable way in the manner children learn -- by doing.