Hydroponics as a Part of the National Curriculum

  • Published on November 1st, 2013
  • Category: General

Despite having an education system that seems to have been working for us for over 100 years, our government are becoming a little cavalier with the complexities of the British education system. Teachers are striking and kids are leaving schools with exam results that don’t reflect their intelligence and the whole setup is a complete mess.

It won’t come as a shock to anybody that many of the subjects we were taught at school were not intended to fill our heads with knowledge but instead to allow us to use our brains in different ways. History helps us look back on events and see how we can do things better in the future, geography shows us that the way we live isn’t how things are done on the opposite side of the planet and contrary to popular belief, modern languages aren’t there to make you look silly in front of your classmates.

By bringing hydroponic growing into the national curriculum, we will be exposing the future leaders and business people of our country to a wide range of qualities that serve to develop you as a person. Here are some examples:

1)    The Value of Nurture

Good things come to those who wait. But try telling that to a teenager who can’t think past their dinner break. Getting pupils involved in hydroponic growing can show them that by putting in some time, effort and patience, there can be a tangible reward.

2)    Business Acumen

In order to produce a plant of any kind, raw materials are required and of course some initial capital expenditure. By encouraging pupils to find the most cost effective way of producing something, you’ll be introducing them to the principles of commerce.

3)    Hands On Work

Many people work well when they’re hands on and interacting with things physically whilst others are more suited to learning from textbooks. Hydroponics is great for those who want to get “stuck in” and start learning through doing. This is much like the introduction of vocational subjects into mainstream schools such as mechanics and beauty courses.

With an education system that’s likely to become more and more malleable over forthcoming years, it’s becoming ever more likely that we’ll be seeing more practical subjects popping up. Imagine helping your children with their homework and being able to discuss the advantages of the Rhino Pro filter over the Rhino Hobby range.