What We Feed Students -- But Also How We Feed Them

November 14, 2014 3:51 PM

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Twenty-two years ago, just a few months after the L.A. riot, a radical nutritionist came to our staff meeting and preached about the effects of junk food on the students we were teaching. He said the chips and sodas went directly to their unformed brains and encouraged the bad decision-making that led them to gang membership, unprotected sex, drugs, violence, and the hopelessness that inspired them to drop out of school.

We were a jaded bunch of teachers in that room so there was a lot of skepticism, but I've come to believe that there is at least some truth to what the dude was saying and have tried, whenever possible, to promote healthy eating to my students.

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