Thursday, July 31, 2014

Nuggets from the ASHS Presidential Address

Dr. Mary Meyer delivered the presidential address at the American Society of Horticultural Sciences meeting in Orlando FL yesterday.  She discussed the lack of interest in plant sciences, and suggested some society trends behind the problem.

-- 9-16 year old kids spend an average of 7 hours, 38 minutes a day with entertainment media.  That's 53 hours a week.

-- Kids spend less than 1/2 the time outside than they did 20 years ago.

-- 6% of 9-13 year-olds play outside on their own.

-- The average person is able to recognize over 1000 brand names and logos, but can't identify ten local plants.

I didn't have time to jot down the references, but thought these statistics tell about why we have so little knowledge in plant biology.  We fail to connect with plants early in life.

4 comments:

PythagoreanCrank said...

Solution: science video games.

Mary M said...

Science Game Center! http://www.sciencegamecenter.org/

I have played Crazy Plant Shop.

Julee K said...

I read this article that recently appeared in "Atlantic" called "The Overprotected Kid". Honestly it was one of the best articles I have ever read in my entire life. Dont' just blame screen time. Parents are contributing in a huge way to children's lack of getting outside.
Here is the link: http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/03/hey-parents-leave-those-kids-alone/358631/

TheOldTechnician said...

LOL! Can't identify 10 plants. Reminds me when i was growing up in Brooklyn. Only knew 2 kinds of, "boids", back then. Pigeon and sparrow !