by David Safier
TUSD's Manzo Elementary, which has received local and national recognition for it ecological education program, complete with rain water cisterns, vegetable gardens, chickens and tilapia, is featured in the current issue of Edible Baja Arizona. It's a good looking magazine with lots of interesting stuff. If you want to see the Manzo article without e-thumbing through the rest of the mag, it begins on page 42.
I'm not a big AIMS score supporter and even less enthralled with the A-F school grading system. But I have to say, when Manzo went from a D to a solid C for its state grade, I let out a whoop of joy. A "C" is a solid score for a school with Manzo's student population, and it took the school off academic probation.
I'm from the educational school of thought that believes experiential education and arts education are vital parts of schooling and don't detract from achievement in reading, writing and math. When they're incorporated into the curriculum, they should enhance students' abilities in what are called "basic skills." That's why I was so cheered to see Manzo showing the doubters that it's not either/or. Ideally, it's both/and.