I wanted to give a heads up for those who may not have seen the Contra Costa Times today as there was a nice article from Rowena Coetsee regarding the native garden that was created and being maintained by Freedom High students.
According to the article, Freedom High School teacher John Sierra and fellow teacher Susan Warren came up with the idea for the garden; she suggested growing organic food, and Sierra, who teaches environmental sciences, decided to fill it with plants native to California as a living lesson on the importance of conserving water and preserving natural habitat.
“The whole reason I became a teacher was so I could build an awareness of the world around us,” he said.
In getting their hands dirty and seeing the fruits of their labors — literally — students will come to appreciate nature more than if they simply read about it, he said.
“There’s so little redeemable value from a textbook. It’s just memorizing information to regurgitate on a test,” Sierra said.