Won’t Back Down ~ Sep. 28th

We cannot wait to see this movie.  Whether you believe in public or private schools, unions or non-unions, we all know that our education system could use an overhaul and some new sparks.  We are happy that kids are being put first and their right to a quality education no matter what neighborhood they live in.  Maybe this will inspire parents, teachers, grandparents, neighbors, and communities to be more involved in the quality of every child’s life.

Free For All ~ Jane Poppendieck

Free For All, published in 2011 by Jane Poppendieck, is a must-read about what is happening with the nutrition or lack thereof in our school systems.   

How did our children end up eating nachos, pizza, and Tater Tots for lunch? Taking us on an eye-opening journey into the nation’s school kitchens, this superbly researched book is the first to provide a comprehensive assessment of school food in the United States. Janet Poppendieck explores the deep politics of food provision from multiple perspectives–history, policy, nutrition, environmental sustainability, taste, and more. How did we get into the absurd situation in which nutritionally regulated meals compete with fast food items and snack foods loaded with sugar, salt, and fat? What is the nutritional profile of the federal meals? How well are they reaching students who need them? Opening a window onto our culture as a whole, Poppendieck reveals the forces–the financial troubles of schools, the commercialization of childhood, the reliance on market models–that are determining how lunch is served. She concludes with a sweeping vision for change: fresh, healthy food for all children as a regular part of their school day.