To the Editor:
Just as the U of C is riding roughshod over our city parks by insisting that the proposed Obama Library be built in a public park instead of by acquiring and improving private land for this worthy project, it now proposes to destroy its own beautiful natural space.
As a young child at the Lab School in the early ‘40s, Scammon Garden was a treasured part of my early education. The little gardens we tended there each day in the spring sprouted tasty carrots, radishes and lettuce, and offered precious opportunities to experience how, with our efforts, our food comes from the earth. While we studied how plants grow with legendary science teacher Bertha Morris Parker, what we did in Scammon Garden gave us the direct experiential learning that was at the core of educator John Dewey’s philosophies.
Now more than ever, as schools all over the country — to a great extent because of the leadership of Michelle Obama — are creating school gardens as a move back to healthful eating in response to the crisis of childhood obesity, and as we come more and more to realize the importance of natural spaces in our cities, it is simply tragic that the U of C would dismiss this treasure.
Scammon Garden serves two important purposes: to commemorate the name of community leader and also to provide a unique protected oasis of green space in the Grey City.