Posted: 9:42 am on 11th September 2013

Yogurt in a tub with spoonHere at WasteWatch, we’ve already spoken about the government’s $1.5 million commitment to help highly educated inner city hipsters learn how to grow vegetables.

Now it seems they want to teach young children where yoghurt comes from.

Citing a study by the Australian Council for Educational Research and the Primary Industries Education Foundation, the government fears that today’s kids don’t know enough about their food. The study claimed that 27 per cent of sixth graders thought yoghurt grew on trees, rather than coming from cows.

To clarify this gaping hole in our nation’s education system, the National Food Plan set aside $1.5 million in order for kids to “better understand where their food comes from, and how it is produced.”

Not all foods appear to cause similar problems. Thankfully, according to the study:

The majority of Grade 6 and Grade 10 students correctly identified pasta, potato chips and coffee as being plant products.

Phew! However, cotton socks appeared to pose a problem for Grade 10 students, 58 per cent of whom incorrectly identified them as being an animal product.

The government’s massive spending commitment will cover curriculum resources, teacher training, and career advice materials based on local, agricultural opportunities.

So while the Gonski plan has experienced a difficult gestation period, and the literacy and numeracy levels of Australian students have been falling behind our international competitors, at least our nation’s children will be prepared for whatever yoghurt the 21st century throws at them.

Ingrid says:

I can’t say whether new curriculum materials need to be developed, but, in lessons where students learn about the world around them they are more engaged in the subject. During their lessons they will be: reading, researching, problem solving, writing, talking, using statistics and maths.

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