"What's important is that children have an opportunity to bond with the natural world, to learn to love it and feel comfortable in it, before being asked to heal its wounds. John Burroughs remarked that "Knowledge without love will not stick, but if love comes first, knowledge is sure to follow." Our problem is that we are trying to invoke knowledge , and responsibility, before we have allowed a loving relationship to flourish." (Beyond Ecophobia)
While public school teachers are worried about test scores our teachers are trying to develop an effective natural insect repellent formula, figure out why the flower seeds didn't germinate and show the children how to do a blanket stitch around the perimeter of their felt number square.