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(Washington Times)   Indiana school district loses $300,000 in funding after students reject healthy menu changes, refuse to eat any meal that doesn't say "Happy" in front of it   (p.washingtontimes.com) divider line 214
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2013-07-13 12:32:13 PM
I work in a school.  Adult lunches are $3 and I get absolutely no more food or portion sizes than the kids do, whose lunches are $1.80.  Because of this, our school hardly has any teachers/staff that eat school lunch.  We bring our own stuff in or use our pathetic lunch breaks to run the .6 miles to "Fast Food Central" on our main road because all of us know that for $3 we can get full meals at McDonalds/Burger King/Taco Bell and go back to class on a full stomach.  The kids are screwed and can't go anywhere, but a lot of them now bring their own lunches, which wasn't the case a few years ago.I don't think it's just Carmel (richest city in Indiana btw so wtf are they whining about when it comes to money?) that is losing money on school lunches.  It's everywhere.  Improve portion sizes and prices and we'll have this discussion a couple years from now.
 
2013-07-13 12:32:34 PM

odinsposse: This has to be the most nonsensical side of this argument. How can you possibly argue that healthy government funded lunches distributed by a public school are tyranny but unhealthy government funded lunches distributed by a public school are FREEDOM? It makes no sense at all.


I'm pretty sure the arguement is that "healthy food is more expensive and the government shouldn't be wasting money serving expensive food to children" closely followed by "if they don't want to eat the cheapest food possible then they should bring their lunch". It's foolish but far too many people seem to think spending a dollar today to save two tomorrow is wasteful.
 
2013-07-13 12:33:52 PM

bronyaur1: There is no reason on EARTH why tax monies should fund unhealthy meals for kids, either directly or via government assistance programs.  You want your kids to eat crap?  Then YOU pay for it.


Because apparently those kids parents don't pay taxes.
 
2013-07-13 12:36:39 PM
once again i'm glad i'm old and have not kids.

there are obvious problems with obvious solutions that take X amount of dollars to implement. and yet we continually scrimp on revenue then complain about the outcome.
 
2013-07-13 12:37:56 PM

odinsposse: It makes no sense at all.


Yes it does. The government exists to serve. If people want to be served unhealthy lunches, the government had damn well do what the people want. Or it is tyranny.

If you can't get your mind around it, please refrain from voting, the process is lost on you.
 
2013-07-13 12:38:41 PM

Gene Masseth Jr.: Improve portion sizes and prices and we'll have this discussion a couple years from now.


My kid just finished grade school. Based on what I saw the kids being served for lunch I don't think price and portion size are the issue. I went and ate lunch with her a few times before I started making her lunches. Most of what I observed being fed to her schoolmates I would have had second thoughts about feeding to a dog.
 
2013-07-13 12:40:39 PM

gayb: Yes it does. The government exists to serve. If people want to be served unhealthy lunches, the government had damn well do what the people want. Or it is tyranny.


Thank you for demonstrating the fundamental flaw of democracy.
 
2013-07-13 12:40:46 PM

Curious: have not kids.


have no kids.

that will teach me to skip preview.
 
2013-07-13 12:41:09 PM
If kids hate school lunches so much and parents are so concerned, perhaps the parents could, I don't know, parent a bit and provide their kids with the microwave burritos or lunchables or whatever other crap they'd prefer to eat?  Kid's an athlete and needs a few more calories because of practices?  Send em to school with an extra snack or 2...and let's face it the majority of school kids are not hard core athletes with increased caloric requirements.

No matter what arguments are made about the gubment interfering in people's lives or Obama hate or "I ate french fries 3 times a day as a kid and I'm still skinny" the fact is that obesity is now a serious problem.  Fat kids are more likely to grow up to be fat adults.  The longer you're overweight, the more your metabolism changes so that what your body and brain register as a "normal" weight becomes higher and higher and you need more and more calories so you don't feel like you're hungry all the time.  This is why people who have been fat for a long time have trouble losing weight...their bodies have actually changed as the weight piled on and if they consumed the normal recommended daily calories they would feel like they were starving.

Kids learn their food preparation and eating habits form their parents.  Fat families aren't that way because of "genetics" or "glandular problems" (in all but a few  very rare cases)...it's because they learned that high calorie high fat meals are normal.  Since it's very difficult to get people to change the eating habits of a lifetime, introducing healthy food into schools is a way to try to break the cycle of unhealthy family eating habits and maybe doom a few less people to lives of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and early death.

But hey, vegetables suck right?
 
2013-07-13 12:43:15 PM

gayb: odinsposse: It makes no sense at all.

Yes it does. The government exists to serve. If people want to be served unhealthy lunches, the government had damn well do what the people want. Or it is tyranny.

If you can't get your mind around it, please refrain from voting, the process is lost on you.


You think the unhealthy lunches were decided by some sort of vote? Do you actually remember being a kid and controlling what got served in your lunchroom?
 
2013-07-13 12:43:26 PM

Gene Masseth Jr.: I work in a school.  Adult lunches are $3 and I get absolutely no more food or portion sizes than the kids do, whose lunches are $1.80.  Because of this, our school hardly has any teachers/staff that eat school lunch.  We bring our own stuff in or use our pathetic lunch breaks to run the .6 miles to "Fast Food Central" on our main road because all of us know that for $3 we can get full meals at McDonalds/Burger King/Taco Bell and go back to class on a full stomach.  The kids are screwed and can't go anywhere, but a lot of them now bring their own lunches, which wasn't the case a few years ago.I don't think it's just Carmel (richest city in Indiana btw so wtf are they whining about when it comes to money?) that is losing money on school lunches.  It's everywhere.  Improve portion sizes and prices and we'll have this discussion a couple years from now.


omg the school lunch only costs $3??? I don't care how small or crappy it is, you can't get lunch around here for less than $10.

why don't you just buy two?
 
2013-07-13 12:43:52 PM

jaytkay: "They're teaching our kids with this meal pattern that it's OK to throw away," [Lori Shofroth, Tippecanoe School Corp.'s food service director] told JCOnline.

If only there were some sort of institution with the job of teaching kids positive behavior.


You mean home, right? Cuz the institution "public school" should only be about teaching literature, math, history, science, etc. behavior, morals, manners, ethics--all that should be ingrained into the kids BEFORE they hit school and reinforced or corrected by the parents. The schools should not focus time and energy on home training. If the kid isn't getting home trained, move it to the alternative campus and put the responsibility back on the parents. Teachers have enough trouble teaching basics subjects much less acting as substitute parents.

/pet peeve
 
2013-07-13 12:43:57 PM
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2013-07-13 12:44:15 PM

Gene Masseth Jr.: I work in a school.  Adult lunches are $3 and I get absolutely no more food or portion sizes than the kids do, whose lunches are $1.80.  Because of this, our school hardly has any teachers/staff that eat school lunch.  We bring our own stuff in or use our pathetic lunch breaks to run the .6 miles to "Fast Food Central" on our main road because all of us know that for $3 we can get full meals at McDonalds/Burger King/Taco Bell and go back to class on a full stomach.  The kids are screwed and can't go anywhere, but a lot of them now bring their own lunches, which wasn't the case a few years ago.I don't think it's just Carmel (richest city in Indiana btw so wtf are they whining about when it comes to money?) that is losing money on school lunches.  It's everywhere.  Improve portion sizes and prices and we'll have this discussion a couple years from now.


You'd probably like our kitchen then. While we do offer the same meals to the teachers we also have what you'd find in most delis here as well.  Fresh salads, wraps, a special hot meal or two and a soup of some sort in the colder months.  We do get some now and then that complain that we don't have a full menu for them despite they can drop by in the morning and place an order, rarely more then 4 bucks a meal in ny  metro prices. I'll tell them that's why we only have 3 stars.
 
2013-07-13 12:44:24 PM
This IS Indiana. What did you expect?
 
2013-07-13 12:45:00 PM

jjorsett: BiblioTech: As someone who works lunch duty every day in an elementary school, here's a news flash - they're ALREADY throwing so much stuff away it's sickening.  That includes all that healthy stuff that parents pack for them.  I'm also trying to figure out how kids throwing stuff away, that they already paid for, is costing the school district money.  I can see not as many kids buying a lunch but then the schools should know their numbers and not  prepare as much and they still aren't out the money.

I think the point is if they don't buy it, the district loses the funding that went into offering it. In private business it would be called losing market share.


Possible, but nowhere in the article itself does it say it is a loss of federal   funding.  Just that their budget took a hit from kids throwing food away and not buying lunches.  That could be a matter of making up too many lunches and wasting your resources.  I'm not sure how the funding is allocated but if it is on number of lunches served in the previous year, for example, then they could be faced with a drop in the funding for next year - but they are still serving fewer lunches to begin with so need less product.
 
2013-07-13 12:45:14 PM

Monkeyhouse Zendo: gayb: Yes it does. The government exists to serve. If people want to be served unhealthy lunches, the government had damn well do what the people want. Or it is tyranny.

Thank you for demonstrating the fundamental flaw of democracy.


tyranny of the majority?
 
2013-07-13 12:45:15 PM
FTFA: Fifteen percent of Indiana high school seniors were obese in 2011 - one of the highest rates in the nation.

Ban the students from bringing in outside food. Then, if they still continue on throwing away their government provided healthy food, they'll at least lose some weight by fasting for the day.
 
2013-07-13 12:45:29 PM
Since our culture moved on over to accepting this behavior and encouraging the cancerous spread of fast food, there's not a whole lot anyone can do about the results.

There's been some huge changes since I was a kid in school, which have led to a decrease in parental control and school authority. It culminates in things like this.

See, I recall when the first sub shop came into town. I also recall the landslide business the guy had once the High School, two blocks away, discovered him. Now you can buy subs all over the place.

We had three hamburger joints. Royal Castle. A&W and a privately owned one. Now, hamburger joints are all over the place, with several I've never even been to.

Pizza was an unknown food when my folks moved here. The first place to pop up was Pizza Hut (which really isn't Pizza anyhow) and now pizza places also are all over the place, including many small, single owner types. Plus the grocery stores have coolers just packed with frozen pizza in various forms.

Changes in the economy required both parents to work, so home made lunches dropped off. Big Business started directing advertisement to kids and selling them foods enhanced with sugars and crap to please their taste buds, knowing that kids are basically walking appetites.

Then all of your Rights Organizations stepped in and stripped authority from both the parents and the schools. That brought in the lawyers more than ready to sue over anything. So schools could not stop students from bringing in junk food.

Plus, the 70's financial crash and budget cuts allowed snack and junk food companies to invade the schools. See, they came up with the concept of putting in the machines, which had been forbidden, and the schools got a major chunk of the profits.

Since the Federal Government was slashing school budgets like crazy back then, schools jumped at the offer and now, it will take an act of congress to get the machines out.

I'm not a parent so I get to sit back and sneer at the mess you parents have created. The Big Thing in my time was the creation of T-shirts with images on them that the kids loved. That started in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Back then, we didn't have 500 TV channels and video games. Playing outside was healthy and mom's knew how to cook from scratch. The small, portable transistor radio was our 'cell phone' and the local library did a major business. Dad was less concerned with his stock portfolio and more interested in customizing the house for comfort and room and future grand kids.

Well, you reap what you sew.

My High School had an expert scratch biscuit maker and nearly daily she hand made huge batches of the delicious things for the students. Now, they all come designed to heat and eat. They don't taste as good either.
 
2013-07-13 12:46:51 PM

Waldo Pepper: who could have guessed that kids away from the eyes of their parents don't want to eat healthy.

We ate pizza,hamburgers and hot dogs pretty much everyday in high school and we most of us were thin. Instead of wasting time/money on trying to get kids to eat better how about getting them outside and teach them how to play.


Is that some sort of new app or something?
 
2013-07-13 12:47:14 PM

red5ish: Not going to feed clicks to the Washington Times. Not interested in propaganda promulgated by the Unification Church.


?WTF?
 
2013-07-13 12:49:36 PM
Curious: once again i'm glad i'm old and have not kids.

there are obvious problems with obvious solutions that take X amount of dollars to implement. and yet we continually scrimp on revenue then complain about the outcome.


Yup education, transportation, energy, water all the things that the people NEED the government for get skimped while the entitlement programs for farkers to lazy to work and the military/industrial complex for invading brown people get all the money they want
 
2013-07-13 12:50:09 PM

Once and Future Lurker: Why don't they just prevent the kids from leaving the ground in the middle of the day. Mine did starting my junior year. 1980


Then they'll get smarter. Ever heard of BRINGING your own lunch?
 
2013-07-13 12:50:41 PM

Gene Masseth Jr.: I work in a school. Adult lunches are $3 and I get absolutely no more food or portion sizes than the kids do...for $3 we can get full meals at McDonalds/Burger King/Taco Bell and go back to class on a full stomach... Improve portion sizes...


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2013-07-13 12:50:45 PM
The problem isn't the guidelines, as schools could prepare tasty food within those guidelines if they tried.

The problem is most school cafeterias don't even attempt to cook their own food.  The simply purchase frozen dinners and heat them, resulting in something that taste worst the the average frozen TV dinner.

The best way to ensure schools lunches are tasty is to require ALL of the administrators, teachers, and support staff (including the lunch ladies) to eat the same meals prepared for the students.
 
2013-07-13 12:53:31 PM
Wording is key.  The students can't possibly be so attached to their current menu. I doubt that they rejected the new ideas solely because they were healthier choices. School districts notoriously spend money on fancy architecture, snazzy animated signage, etc. and then cut from other areas to avoid red ink.
I don't know about anybody else but I'll take spinach salad over "american spring salad mix" any day.  (what the hell IS that dandelion leafy weed in there anyway?) It's cheap edible vegetative material that makes the bag heavier. That's what it is.
 
2013-07-13 12:54:30 PM

bronyaur1: There is no reason on EARTH why tax monies should fund unhealthy meals for kids, either directly or via government assistance programs.  You want your kids to eat crap?  Then YOU pay for it.


There's no reason my taxes WIC, EBT, etc. should pay for poor people to keep pumping out kids.  You want kids.  Then YOU pay for them.
 
2013-07-13 12:54:36 PM

lemortede: My kids are not picket eaters.
My oldest likes to eat veggies (my wife is a vegetarian).
He is not obese and is very active.
He hates the changes to the school lunch program.
He said that the portions are really small. For a teenage buy doing PE and marching band this was a big deal.
Most teen boys can burn alot of calories, especially when they are in their growth spurt.
His biggest complaint though it the taste. He told me that its all weird and disgusting trying to meet Michelle's stupid requirements.
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Our district has salad bars in the jr high and high schools. They are popular cuz they put grilled chicken and baked breaded chkn on there to top the salads. Most of the girls seem to eat that or nothing, and a lot of the guys go and load up on the protein stuff not so much the greens. They charge by the ounce. Someone complained that the free and reduced lunch kids couldn't use it cuz of this (since theirs is a set meal). My answer: then send money or pack your kid a salad cuz on the lunch line he gets protein, veggies, fruit, dessert, and beverage so he ain't gonna starve: same ingredient different presentation.
 
2013-07-13 01:01:14 PM
It's odd to me that in these litigious times that kids are even allowed off campus in their BMWs during lunch.
 
2013-07-13 01:02:37 PM

Gene Masseth Jr.: I work in a school.  Adult lunches are $3 and I get absolutely no more food or portion sizes than the kids do, whose lunches are $1.80.  Because of this, our school hardly has any teachers/staff that eat school lunch.  We bring our own stuff in or use our pathetic lunch breaks to run the .6 miles to "Fast Food Central" on our main road because all of us know that for $3 we can get full meals at McDonalds/Burger King/Taco Bell and go back to class on a full stomach.  The kids are screwed and can't go anywhere, but a lot of them now bring their own lunches, which wasn't the case a few years ago.I don't think it's just Carmel (richest city in Indiana btw so wtf are they whining about when it comes to money?) that is losing money on school lunches.  It's everywhere.  Improve portion sizes and prices and we'll have this discussion a couple years from now.


Yes, schools should be teaching kids to eat larger portions of food.
 
2013-07-13 01:03:23 PM

Clemkadidlefark: [25.media.tumblr.com image 400x391]


Don't show Michelle that picture, he will get a beat down.
 
2013-07-13 01:03:37 PM

Deedeemarz: red5ish: Not going to feed clicks to the Washington Times. Not interested in propaganda promulgated by the Unification Church.

?WTF?


Never heard of the Moonies?
 
2013-07-13 01:04:46 PM

Deedeemarz: red5ish: Not going to feed clicks to the Washington Times. Not interested in propaganda promulgated by the Unification Church.

?WTF?


Google away.  The Moonies have owned the Times for something like  20 years now, it's hardly a secret.  They have something like 5% the circulation of the Washington Post (I'm sure its subsidized) but roughly as many greenlights as the Post (which is becoming a good thing as the post is going to monthly article limits).
 
2013-07-13 01:05:07 PM

Moopy Mac: Deedeemarz: red5ish: Not going to feed clicks to the Washington Times. Not interested in propaganda promulgated by the Unification Church.

?WTF?

Never heard of the Moonies?


Yeah, but I don't know what propaganda would be hidden in the text if a story about Indiana school lunches....unless SUBLIMINAL MESSAGES.
 
2013-07-13 01:06:14 PM

sex0r: bronyaur1: There is no reason on EARTH why tax monies should fund unhealthy meals for kids, either directly or via government assistance programs.  You want your kids to eat crap?  Then YOU pay for it.

There's no reason my taxes WIC, EBT, etc. should pay for poor people to keep pumping out kids.  You want kids.  Then YOU pay for them.


8/10. My guess is you are also an anti-abortion type of person.
 
2013-07-13 01:09:42 PM

bronyaur1: There is no reason on EARTH why tax monies should fund unhealthy meals for kids, either directly or via government assistance programs.  You want your kids to eat crap?  Then YOU pay for it.


This, and I find it odd that the parents against schools serving healthy meals (because "oh noes the food police!") are the exact same ones who grumble about what people buy with food stamps. The only reason they're against an effort to serve healthy meals and provide more exercise is because they don't like Obama. End of.
 
2013-07-13 01:12:58 PM

Moopy Mac: Gene Masseth Jr.: I work in a school.  Adult lunches are $3 and I get absolutely no more food or portion sizes than the kids do, whose lunches are $1.80.  Because of this, our school hardly has any teachers/staff that eat school lunch.  We bring our own stuff in or use our pathetic lunch breaks to run the .6 miles to "Fast Food Central" on our main road because all of us know that for $3 we can get full meals at McDonalds/Burger King/Taco Bell and go back to class on a full stomach.  The kids are screwed and can't go anywhere, but a lot of them now bring their own lunches, which wasn't the case a few years ago.I don't think it's just Carmel (richest city in Indiana btw so wtf are they whining about when it comes to money?) that is losing money on school lunches.  It's everywhere.  Improve portion sizes and prices and we'll have this discussion a couple years from now.

Yes, schools should be teaching kids to eat larger portions of food.


I am perfectly fine with the food they serve.  It really is healthy stuff.  Our school doesn't do anything fried.  It's either boiled or baked.  We had lots of fresh salad/greens and fruit.  I would love to eat MORE of that type of stuff, we just aren't getting served enough of it.  So, yes, actually, schools SHOULD be teaching our kids and everyone to eat larger portions of food.  Larger portions of HEALTHY food.  Who would ever complain about that or consider that a bad thing?
 
2013-07-13 01:13:23 PM
Good heavens! You aren't suggesting we take a few thousand dollars from the FOOTBALL program to pay for higher quality food, are you??
 
2013-07-13 01:20:10 PM

Deedeemarz: Yeah, but I don't know what propaganda would be hidden in the text if a story about Indiana school lunches....unless SUBLIMINAL MESSAGES.


You mean the subliminal photo of Michelle Obama accompanying the article?

Or is it the subliminal headline "Indiana school district loses $300K because students refuse to buy first lady's healthy meals"?
 
2013-07-13 01:20:11 PM

Waldo Pepper: Instead of wasting time/money on trying to get kids to eat better how about getting them outside and teach them how to play.


This is actually the other half of the plan.
 
2013-07-13 01:21:42 PM
GoldSpider: Good heavens! You aren't suggesting we take a few thousand dollars from the FOOTBALL BASKETBALL program to pay for higher quality food, are you??

FTFY It's Indiana, not the south.
 
2013-07-13 01:22:19 PM

show me: They eat shiat because their parents fed them shiat their whole lives. They don't bother to cook at home, they swing by and grab Mickey D's for the kids and then ignore their kids the rest of the night.

On a different topic, I am SO GODDAMN TIRED of seeing the dude with no shirt and a cowboy hat at the bottom of every farking story Fark links to.


- Install AdBlock
- Right-click on the offending image
- Block it.
 
2013-07-13 01:22:51 PM

Tom_Slick: BarkingUnicorn: I guess someone added the district's food service losses to the federal money and got a negative number.

This, schools can't even afford to serve frozen chicken nuggets correctly, do we really think they can prepare tasty healthy dishes?  Junk food lunches are very hard to screw up and even then it is not that bad, fresh healthy choices can be terrible if not prepared correctly.  A school district can not afford to hire a competent trained chef for every lunch room.


How many years of culinary training does it take to throw raw or frozen broccoli into a microwave for a few minutes?
 
2013-07-13 01:28:21 PM

supayoda: Tom_Slick: BarkingUnicorn: I guess someone added the district's food service losses to the federal money and got a negative number.

This, schools can't even afford to serve frozen chicken nuggets correctly, do we really think they can prepare tasty healthy dishes?  Junk food lunches are very hard to screw up and even then it is not that bad, fresh healthy choices can be terrible if not prepared correctly.  A school district can not afford to hire a competent trained chef for every lunch room.

How many years of culinary training does it take to throw raw or frozen broccoli into a microwave for a few minutes?


Several if you don't want your broccoli turning into a gelatinous goo on the steam table.  Go to a Chinese buffet, 2 hours after the lunch rush, those steamed veggies were fresh once would you eat them now?
 
2013-07-13 01:28:32 PM

GoldSpider: Good heavens! You aren't suggesting we take a few thousand dollars from the FOOTBALL program to pay for higher quality food, are you??


Now that's just crazy talk.
 
2013-07-13 01:31:12 PM

Warlordtrooper: many students are throwing food away, putting a dent in the district's budget.

That's not how money works.  The food is paid for weather the kid eats it or not.  It doesn't magically cost more if the kid throws it out.


They are leaving out how many of the school lunches are free theses days. In these cases food is bought by the school put on the plate for no charge to the student, then it gets thrown away and the kid spends $10 on junk food after school. And yes, the free lunch program is that screwed up where kids driving BMW's get free lunch.
 
2013-07-13 01:35:37 PM
But Michelle knows that growing children need to eat their Gach, Heart of Targ, Zilm'kach, and Rokeg blood pie for dessert.


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2013-07-13 01:36:03 PM

Monkeyhouse Zendo: stuffy: Face it school lunches even when it was something kids did like are barely eatable.

School lunches are essentially prison food in grade school or fast food in middle and high school. We could feed our kids decent meals and ensure that they get plenty of exercise but that costs money so apparently the response is "fark it, obesity is someone else's problem".


School meals were horrible when I was in school, even if they were junk food. As much as I still love pizza, I would never eat that square frozen thing they called pizza. I always brought my lunch (usually a Lunchables). For that reason, I sent a lunch from home with my daughter to spare her the horror. The darndest thing happened... She actually asked me if she could buy the school lunches!

So I checked out her school lunch menu... Grilled chicken sandwiches on whole wheat buns, salad bar, baked potato bar, turkey roll ups, whole wheat spaghetti... A lot of it sounded pretty appetising, and they still have pizza and hamburgers on Fridays.
 
2013-07-13 01:39:10 PM
rindeee:

Yay!  Everyone's right!!!  The amount of (over) processed foods has increased over the decades while the amount of physical activity has decreased.  If you're in your 30s - 50s, think about what you did after school as a kid.   Did you have 4hrs of homework (as seems to be the new "normal")?  I did not.  We got off school, ate a snack and then went and burned a couple thousand calories playing outside, riding bikes, etc.  There were very few "fat kids" in my school and as I recall every single one had morbidly obese parents (bad habits handed down).  Anyway, I believe the problem is a combination of poor diet contributing to lack of energy and the plethora of sedentary activities (is that an oxymoron) that kids engage in rather than the types of activities that burn calories.  My kids eat pretty healthy but they eat some crap too.  My goal is to teach them moderation and self regulation.  I will let them decide but I'll insert my two cents (and step in from time to time if they start to shift their diet to one of marshmallows and pork cra ...

I suspect this is because they're not actually doing any of the work in class. I've seen some of the homework various kids (not mine) have brought home, it's actually easier than what we were given at that age, and they seem to struggle more and take longer doing it, so I don't think it's increased academic rigor. Something along the line seems to have gotten fubared, and I don't know if it's never having learned the basics or what.
 
2013-07-13 01:39:37 PM
I wasn't aware that the First Lady had the kind of legislative power to implement programs like this and make them mandatory across the nation.

Learn somethin' everyday.
 
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