I hope you’re ready to be inspired.
I stumbled upon this incredible Ted Talk, put on by Stephen Ritz, a teacher in Bronx, New York, about how he was able to get his students to grow gardens for food, jobs, and revitalizing neighborhoods. It truly is an incredible story.
I hope this presentation catches on like the “Minding Your Mitochondria” presentation put on by Dr. Terry Wahls. In fact, I hope it surpasses it.
I also hope this is a reminder to the fact that there are incredible educators out there that care for and love the kids they teach.
Before we get to the video, I want to share some incredible quotes and statistics Ritz talks about in his presentation:
- “70% of the kids I see that are labeled ‘learning disabled’ would not have been if they would have received proper prenatal nutrition.”
- “Thank God Omar knows that carrots come from the ground and not aisle 9 of the supermarket.”
- “40% [school] attendance to 93% attendance.”
- “When you expand their palates you expand their vocabulary.”
And, last but not least:
- “Nothing makes me happier than to see kids pollinating plants instead of each other.”