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ERIC Number: EJ879826
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1946
From Fear to Hope: Reclaiming the Art of Learning
Prakash, Madhu Suri
Educational Studies: Journal of the American Educational Studies Association, v46 n1 p85-90 2010
In this article, the author expresses her view on how urban agriculture can be a source of hope among people particularly the uneducated and undereducated ones. The author shares that urban agriculture is a brilliant answer to the difficulties in these times of crisis. One of its most relevant elements is its impact in education: it allows people to reimagine it. She cites teachers Jimmy and Grace Boggs' program called Detroit Summer, which aims to engage young people in community-building activities: planting community gardens, recycling waste, organizing neighborhood arts and health festivals, rehabbing houses, and painting public murals. According to Grace, "Encouraging young people to exercise their Soul Power would get their cognitive juices flowing". Learning would come from practice, which has always been the best way to learn. The author believes that when these teachers take the initiative to create community gardens in Detroit, they are not only bringing new life to the city but also reclaiming the art of learning. They are giving their students the opportunity to learn about themselves, about their society, about their communities, about nature, about a different way of being--with lessons impossible within the confines of classrooms. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Africa; Cuba; Michigan; New York