Class Warfare Blog

March 28, 2013

Hunger and Education: A Start on a Solution

Filed under: Education — Steve Ruis @ 11:21 am
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One of the biggest roadblocks to educating many school children is that many show up to school very, very hungry.

I have a solution.

When I was an educator, we wouldn’t think of having a day long or days long training of staff without feeding the participants. Now that I am retired, I still do trainings (of archery coaches) and when the participants show up we have coffee and donuts and fruit there for them. We also take care of lunch if we have a tight schedule. This is how adults are treated, but kids?

So, how to solve the problem of hungry kids unable to learn? Simple: feed them . . . all of them.

By all of them, I mean all of them. Every child attending school gets a free breakfast and a free lunch, if they want it. Those more well-off folks who want their child to have ancient grains cereal for breakfast and a tofu burger for lunch can send them to school already breakfasted and with a bagged lunch. That’s cool, but if they want to eat in the cafeteria, it’s free.

I can hear the sound of wringing hands now: how can we afford all of this? Gosh, I don’t know? Maybe cancel the F-35 Fighter project? Maybe tax capital gains the same as money one earns from the sweat of one’s brow? A country that can pull off the Manhattan Project can surely figure out how to offer school breakfasts and lunches.

More solutions soon to follow as I am still thinking.

1 Comment »

  1. I agree with you completely. It is yet another area where the ugly reality of income inequality shows up….and yes, there would be a multitude of ways to fund free food programs for every school. We could stop our perpetual war machine for starters….I think we can come up with many good ideas.


    Comment by thejumbledmind — March 28, 2013 @ 11:25 pm | Reply

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