School Lunches, continued

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/29/theres-homework-to-do-on-school-lunches/?ref=health

This article articulates the points that were so glaringly missing from the previous school lunch article I cited. Most kids are going to be more excited about a lunch of chips and a candy bar than a sandwich and salad, in the absence of education and other strategies to help ease the discomfort that is an expected consequence of drastic change. ¬†Moreover, most kids are going to be more excited about staying home from school and watching cartoons than going at all, but thankfully, we don’t let them make all the choices. Part of being a kid is not taking the long view, choosing immediate gratification, and being ignorant about the importance of healthy foods. It’s to develop those missing abilities that we send them to school in the first place. So why nutrition and health education shouldn’t be viewed as important components of the public school core curriculum, I can’t understand.

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