How we teach our children + how they learn

19 Dec

I want to thank Dr. Susan Rubin for sharing the below you tube clip on her blog. Dr. Rubin is one of the Two Angry Moms who has dedicated countless hours and energy to working for change in our public school cafeterias.

The topic at hand today, has to do with education in general. Times have changed, and are in fact changing so quickly these days. What worked for us even just last year, likely needs an update this year. It’s a natural law actually.

Consider your diet. The fruit juices and salads that make you feel amazing in the summer, would most likely make you feel cold and hungry in the winter. Our dietary needs and cravings change depending on the season, the amount of work and stress, or fun and sleep we are getting. What foods work for me may make you feel terrible – we all have a lot in common, but we also have bio-individual needs. It is true for food. It is also true for education. Some of us work best independently, others require the collaboration of a group to thrive. Some of us need absolute silence to think clearly, others need music to put creative new pieces together.

Shouldn’t this all be taken into account when considering our children’s education?

Check out this YouTube presentation. It’s great food for thought, and the presentation – fantastic.


4 Responses to “How we teach our children + how they learn”

  1. Michael G. December 19, 2010 at 3:16 am #

    I completely agree and wrote a post on this very theme:

    • butterbeanskitchen December 19, 2010 at 1:00 pm #

      Thank you for sharing this post. It is heartening to see Food for Thought gain acceptance and make its way through the school system in New Zealand! This is exactly the type of work that we are doing and working to grow at Butter Beans. Going into the school day – via science class or other (food relates to every topic – makes for an easy segue regardless of the subject) to teach students the real deal about food. They learn the historical and cultural significance; the ways of the garden; how food affect our body – and we move our body in specific ways to reinforce the learning of the day; and how to prepare and eat the foods – all in a safe, nonjudgmental environment. Kids who would otherwise turn their noses up at a food, are positively influenced by peers who are open to trying, experimenting with food. We see the proof of success in the cafeteria with what the students are willing to try, and notes from parents whose children have made positive shifts around food. Know a school that is ready for this? Let me know!

  2. Martha Desrosiers December 19, 2010 at 3:17 am #

    Fantastic video – thank you – no wonder our country is falling behind other parts of the world…. how sad!

  3. Aligaeta December 19, 2010 at 3:16 pm #

    Different bodies need different things. Wiatt and Schroeder “The Diet for Teenagers Only” is an excellent resource.

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