Schools & Learning
Learning is a natural process that happens in every imaginable setting. Schools are designed, in theory, to promote and enhance learning. Some schools use highly-structured curriculum, while others use a more experiential, democratic, & student-driven approach. In practice, many schools also function to stifle criticism and to instill the values of state policy, religious dogma, or other value systems.
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Other school-related topics: Militarism in schools
[Updated March 18, 2015] The following open letter is prompted by several stories in the Express-Timesand Morning Call reporting that almost all of our high schools already have synthetic turf fields (as do most colleges and universities in the Lehigh Valley)—and the few … more
August 2016 – Schools in South Korea removing synthetic turf in favor of natural grass fields, with funding provided by the Office of Education. Source: ’Schools move away from artificial turf‘. Korea Times, 28 April 2016. May 2016 – Players’ union in … more
To build an environment that truly supports health & wellness, we need to recognize that we sometimes need to make decisions before health impacts or safety concerns can be definitively proven or disproven. Where human health is involved, it is … more
Ideally, meals at school should do more than provide food that meets minimum nutrition requirements. In addition to supporting students’ physical health, we think meals should: be a part of students’ learning experience allow sufficient time for students to enjoy … more
In addition to meeting the nutrition requirements of the USDA, school food should also follow the ‘first principle of care’, which is to do no harm. We believe this requires food that is raised without the use of synthetic chemical … more
Most school districts have a wellness policy that addresses multiple aspects of student health, often including both food and physical activity. This section deals with food, lunchtime environment, and the importance of the precautionary principle. Healthy School Food Lunchtime Environment Precautionary … more
Following are the principal sources we used to prepare these pages, with updated information added as it becomes available. Reports, Fact Sheets, & Scientific Studies Athletic Playing Fields and Artificial Turf: Considerations for Municipalities and Institutions [PDF]. Toxics Use Reduction Institute … more