“Timing is everything, in education as in many other fields. It’s not enough to teach well. You have to teach well to kids who are ready to learn, kids who are developmentally ‘ripe’ for learning.”
- Boys Adrift by Leonard Sax

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Last weeks episode of Parks and Recreation was hilarious, but also kind of sad.  The local candy company was going to take over the concessions stands at the parks and they held a public forum about it.  A couple of people tried to show that the company's candy and even their "health bar" really wasn't healthy.  But nobody cared.  They want to be able to eat whatever they want.  And that is their right.  But why are so many people in denial about the fact that what they eat is giving them diseases that are completely preventable and that eventually may kill them?

You can watch the episode here: http://www.nbc.com/parks-and-recreation/video/episodes/#vid=1199350

The best line: "The whole point of this country is if you want to eat garbage, balloon up to 600 pounds and die of a heart attack at 43, you can. You are free to do so. To me that’s beautiful."

I read an article recently about a state senator who was trying to pass a bill that would force schools to only have "healthy" food in the vending machines, and getting rid of candy and soda.  Tons of people were upset (especially students at the schools), and the bill didn't pass.  I'm opposed to too much government involvement, so I don't really think a bill is necessary, but everybody would be better off if there weren't even vending machines in schools.  Even the so called "healthy" food isn't really all that healthy.  If kids want to eat garbage let them get it at home or on their own.  Why should we offer it to them in schools? There are times I contemplate if my kids would be better off going to public school, and even if you don't consider all the educational reasons why I've chosen to homeschool, I would never want them to eat the food that they serve in the cafeterias at schools, let alone buy their lunch from a vending machine.  For most of my life I was pretty ignorant about the effect food has on our lives.  I'm not saying that everyone needs to be a vegetarian, but most diseases could be prevented if people would just eat healthier and get rid of the junk food.