SuperJail Warden
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https://nypost.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2022/01/ny-school-lunch-viral-01.jpg?quality=90&strip=all
Hmm
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RTHKI
mmmf mmmf mmmf
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This is why we stopped getting taller
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unnamednewbie13
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SuperJail Warden
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RTHKI wrote:

This is why we stopped getting taller
Most Americans are fat. They need to learn portion control.
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unnamednewbie13
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In addition to associated malnutritional issues, eating under your caloric requirement can slow your metabolism and sabotage getting down to a healthy weight. The goal is sustained, long-term weight loss, and fad diets won't cut it.

That said, the above dish does have calories, but most of it is coming from white rice, the sad looking nuggets, and chocolate milk. No idea what the values of the packets are, but the contents probably aren't super-healthy. It's almost as if lunch was planned by tossing a bunch of random stuff together on a spreadsheet and serving it with no thought to nutrition apart from x + y + z = target calories. It's an overall sad presentation and a disrespect to the students it "serves." And schools wonder why students don't respect the facilities. Even the tray is depressing and rather institutional looking.
SuperJail Warden
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You get the services you pay for. People would howl about property taxes if the district tried to provide better lunches. People don't even want to pay for buildings.
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unnamednewbie13
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Honestly, we don't get what we pay for. Return for American taxpayers is pretty laughable compared with first world countries. Public schools shouldn't have to rely on local property taxes. That's one of the reasons why we have rich schools and poor schools. "Next you'll want free lunch," snark conservative politicians receiving considerable kickbacks for their policymaking.
uziq
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that is incredibly depressing for a 'world superpower'. i am sure children in developing countries eat better than that, in terms of nutrition and a balanced diet.

i can't gloat too much as our market-based political ideologues have stripped away so much of our social welfare system, too. during the heights of the economic disruption, schools disruption, pandemic woe, etc, a news story famously went around that the 'food packages' our government were arranging (via a third-party private mega-contractor, of course) were, like a mouldy banana and a few pieces of brown bread, or something. seriously dickensian shit.

no first-world country should have food banks or depressing school meals. and yet successive waves of 'market' guru politicians have come to see food banks, charity soup kitchens, homeless shelters, etc, as places to offload the costs and burdens of the state. utterly depressing shit.
unnamednewbie13
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I vaguely remember a story about a bunch of rich people trying to guess the price of a bunch of bananas. Some of the answers were pretty funny.
SuperJail Warden
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Public school funding is pretty complex. Having schools funded and managed locally is for the best. The nationalization of school politics has been a negative.
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unnamednewbie13
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So you get a school with 120% facilities a few blocks from the dumpy, grossly underequipped one. Can really tell that the way we do things is sooo ideal right now.

The contrast shouldn't exist in public schooling whether the facilities are 2 blocks or 2,000 blocks apart.
SuperJail Warden
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It is a tough sell telling parents they need to sacrifice some resources for their kids in order to better somebody else's kids. Of course in an ideal world no kids will have to give anything up for a better education but we don't live in an ideal world.

Even many liberal and kind parents will turn into raging Jays when it comes to their kids.
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unnamednewbie13
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People get mad if the supermarket the next town over has a better deli.

Schools shouldn't rely so much on the "money in the area."
unnamednewbie13
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https://i.imgur.com/CrIA6Y4.jpg

the usual meme.
SuperJail Warden
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Don't Scandinavian countries also have high suicide rates? Maybe all of the unhappy people already died.
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uziq
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finland spent a few years near the top but not scandinavia generally, no.

lack of sunlight/daylight hours, consequently vitamin d, is conducive to depression. far-northern countries do shoulder more of a burden in that regard.

i think, and it brings me no great joy to say it, that the USA/UK and anglophone capitalist world have pretty much everything to learn from scandinavian countries insofar as their modern social democratic frameworks hold up.
SuperJail Warden
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Those are all small countries. Other than Japan, has any place managed to scale up a welfare state to cover hundreds of millions?
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uziq
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france has the biggest welfare state in the world, in terms of bureaucracy. or did until the late 1980s, anyway.

most western european nations, the northern industrialised ones especially, are way left of the anglophone world in terms of social democracy.

in france you can still leave your kids in a creche all day whilst you work and it's free, provided by the state. childcare from the age of toddlers through to basically free university education is the norm. as, of course, is healthcare and all the other major amenities and services. can you imagine how much difference it makes when raising a child/starting a family isn't a forced choice away from your career? when a child who graduates at 21 isn't $40,000 or $120,000 in debt?
SuperJail Warden
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Security camera footage appears to confirm a Lorain elementary student’s claims that a school employee made her eat unwanted food after she threw it in a garbage can.

“The video is shocking, it’s disheartening, it’s disturbing, and it’s what this child has been saying since the beginning,” said Jared Klebanow, the attorney representing the girl’s family.

In December, 19 News first broke the story that Klebanow filed a federal civil lawsuit against the district, claiming the lunchroom monitor at Palm Elementary School pulled a waffle out of the trash can after the student discarded it. The lawsuit claimed the child was then forced to eat the food.

After an internal investigation, the employee and the school principal were fired.
What is wrong with some people?
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unnamednewbie13
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Actual pig person.

My recollection of school waffles was that they weren't very appetizing, or well made. Gluey substance that would just sit heavy in your gut for the remainder of the day. Watering it down with copious amounts of syrup, if available, was a counter. If no syrup, then your chocolate milk or a dressing packet.

depressing
unnamednewbie13
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There was also this awkward culture where if a kid ate a school breakfast, it meant they were poor because they didn't get one at home. But if you brought your own lunch, you were also poor because you couldn't "afford" the school's. If you had a good lunch pail, you were dorky. It had to be shit, but not too shit, and then it wasn't so bad to bring your own lunch. Freezer packs were dorky too.

Actual gradeschoolers, picking each other apart over differences in dimes, so American it brings a tear to my eye.
SuperJail Warden
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It is the parent's fault their kids are like that. They pick it up from their parents.
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SuperJail Warden
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New Mexico on Wednesday asked National Guard members and state employees to volunteer as substitute teachers to keep schools and daycare centers open during a surge in COVID-19 infections.

State employees and Guard members who take up the call to teach will get their usual pay and be considered on administrative leave or active duty, respectively, according to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.

National Guard members have mobilized across the United States to help hospitals and clinics slammed by staff shortages but New Mexico appeared to be the first state to ask them to become classroom teachers.
Just have to stop the soldiers from eating crayons
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RTHKI
mmmf mmmf mmmf
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National guard aren't real soldiers and Marines eat crayons
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unnamednewbie13
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Will they at least pick from the college educated ones?

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