Lunch Shaming (Reaction)
A lunch lady quit her job after a school enforces a policy of denying kids a hot lunch if they owed more than $25. Looking at the article and without further research it sounds like this school is in a poorer neighborhood. So what they’re doing if you’re in K-6 you get a sandwich, all but after you hand over the hot lunch — which gets thrown in the trash. If you are 7th-12th you get no lunch, because all know that kids stop growing after 6th grade.
Here’s the article I read: Pa. school cafeteria worker quits over “lunch shaming” policy
I wasn’t a stranger to having PB&J in school. When I was in elementary school we had “lunch cards.” Parents would send their kid with money to buy so many lunches for the month, etc. Well at times we didn’t have lunch cards or money and would get a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch. I can tell you from my experience being a kid a PB&J isn’t enough and frankly it isn’t nutritious or all that healthy.
I think it is sad that we as a nation have found it more important that we make it a higher priority to put laptops and tablets in kids hands than a healthy lunch or physical activity. I mean we have more obese and unhealthy kids than ever before. We have kids who will get diabetes before they’re out of their prime…and unfortunately their prime is not in their 20’s, it’s now. I think because we allow government ad big corporations to keep a stronghold on education and kids that we as a nation are decaying from within, all because of greed…because the balance sheet doesn’t look good we have to turn out noses to what is right. Finland gets it, they get education, they’re #1 in education in the world and it isn’t because they’re doing standardized tests and feeding their kids overpriced and unhealthy foods.
The sad thing is that I don’t think it will get any better anytime soon. I think the trend will continue, as long as big business and government have a tight hold…and they will. Things aren’t going to change without a lot more force from the public. Sometimes there are small victories but it will literally take moving mountains to get the soda machines out of the schools. Heck a lot of students just get crap out of the vending machines, eating what I call “science food.” I started saying that as a joke, but if you look at a cinnamon roll out of a vending machine there’s probably 70 ingredients in it…has 45g of fat and 450 calories, I mean this is what is supposed to be fueling a brain that is supposed to be learning.
I think George Carlin said it best…
“There’s a reason for this, there’s a reason education sucks, and it’s the same reason it will never ever ever be fixed. It’s never going to get any better. Don’t look for it. Be happy with what you’ve got… because the owners of this country don’t want that. I’m talking about the real owners now… the real owners. The big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions. Forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls. They got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying. Lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else, but I’ll tell you what they don’t want. They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests. That’s right.” ~ Life Is Worth Losing (2005)
“They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around a kitchen table and think about how badly they’re getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fuckin’ years ago. They don’t want that. You know what they want? They want obedient workers. Obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. And just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it. And now they’re coming for your Social Security money. They want your fuckin’ retirement money. They want it back so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street. And you know something? They’ll get it. They’ll get it all from you sooner or later ’cause they own this fuckin’ place. It’s a big club and you ain’t in it. You and I are not in the big club. …The table is tilted, folks. The game is rigged and nobody seems to notice. …And nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. That’s what the owners count on. The fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue dick that’s being jammed up their assholes every day, because the owners of this country know the truth. It’s called the American Dream, ’cause you have to be asleep to believe it.” ~ Life Is Worth Losing (2005)