Why is it that Montessori School of Duluth takes such pride in being in a quiet residential area with lots of greenspace? Here’s one reason … green spaces make kids smarter. It’s true!
The Atlantic recently reported on a study that found “vegetation around schools cuts down on air pollution and boosts memory and attention.”
“Asthma is just one of the health problems linked to air pollution exposure,” they say. “Sniffing exhaust all day also contributes to everything from stroke to premature death.”
“Conversely, spending time in nature is correlated with better mental health, attention, and mood in both children and adults. A new study […] suggests that green spaces can actually boost cognitive outcomes in children—in part by protecting their brains from air pollutants.
“The children who had more vegetation around their schools showed more progress in working memory and attention over the course of a year […] Not only did the plant life soak up much of the elemental carbon around the schools, the authors write, green spaces are also known to reduce city noise and stress while increasing opportunities for exercise.”