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Urban Agriculture, Quality Public Education, Sustainable Living: Detroit’s Boggs Educational Center

Jezebel.com is running an interview with Detroit teacherAmanda Rosman, one of five founders of the Bogg’s Educational Center, set to open on Detroit’s East Side in 2011-2012 year.

The school was inspired by the Boggs Center, a development center for leaders and grassroots organization named after two prominent Detroit activists James and Grace Lee Boggs.

Rosman and her group plan to use urban gardening and other nontraditional education approaches to encourage critical thinking as opposed to test-prep memorization.

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Here’s a quote from the interview:

“We want to work on teaching kids about sustainable living. How can we produce for ourselves, put our resources back into our community, not be in isolation from the community but work within it. So urban gardens would be one way to do that.

“We’re just starting with the kindergarten and adding a grade every year. So with the kids, what we hope to be able to do is identify problems or at least needs within the community, and use those as lessons for problem-solving but building in academic skills or meet needs of the community.”

This sounds like a wonderful project conceived by a bunch of very talented people.

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