School lunches – around the world

Well, these pictures of schools lunches around the world are definitely worth more than a thousand words! The ones you see here make me hungry!

Brie, green beans, carrot, rare steak and pudding of kiwi fruit and apples is served in French schools 

Brie, green beans, carrot, rare steak and pudding of kiwi fruit and apples is served in French schools.

In France, school lunch is an art form: hot, multi-course and involving vegetables. A meal of rice, salmon, ratatouille, a slice of bread, a salad with celery and carrots, and an orange and donut at the Anne Franck school in Lambersart, northern France

In France (again), school lunch is an art form: hot, multi-course and involving vegetables. A meal of rice, salmon, ratatouille, a slice of bread, a salad with celery and carrots, and an orange and donut at the Anne Franck school in Lambersart, northern France.

A meal of traditional flavours: Brazil's rice and black beans, baked plantain, pork with peppers and coriander, green salad and a seeded roll

A meal of traditional flavours: Brazil’s rice and black beans, baked plantain, pork with peppers and coriander, green salad and a seeded roll.

Rice, a chicken croquette, a piece of taro root and yellow pea soup is the school lunch in Old Havana, Cuba

Rice, a chicken croquette, a piece of taro root and yellow pea soup is the school lunch in Old Havana, Cuba.

In Japan, school children tuck into fried fish, dried seaweed, tomatoes, miso soup with potatoes, rice (in the metal container), and milk

In Japan, school children tuck into fried fish, dried seaweed, tomatoes, miso soup with potatoes, rice (in the metal container), and milk.

Wholesome: Seeded roll, shrimp with brown rice, gazpacho and tri-colour peppers. Dessert is half an orange

Wholesome: Seeded roll, shrimp with brown rice, gazpacho and tri-colour peppers. Dessert is half an orange.

A serving of borscht (beetroot soup) with pickled cabbage, sausages and mash. Dessert is a sweet pancake 

A serving of borscht (beetroot soup) with pickled cabbage, sausages and mash. Dessert is a sweet pancake.

Greek school lunches feature baked chicken with orzo, stuffed grape leaves, salad of cucumber and tomatoes, yogurt with pomegranate seeds and two oranges

Greek school lunches feature baked chicken with orzo, stuffed grape leaves, salad of cucumber and tomatoes, yogurt with pomegranate seeds and two oranges.

Bowls of salad are ready to be served at Delcare Edu Center, a local kindergarten and child care center in the business district of Singapore

Bowls of salad are ready to be served at Delcare Edu Center, a local kindergarten and child care center in the business district of Singapore.

A healthier UK school dinner: Two trays at a primary school in London. The meal at right consists of pasta with broccoli and slices of bread, and fruit. At left are vegetable chili with rice and broccoli, sponge cake with custard, and a banana

A healthier UK school dinner: Two trays at a primary school in London. The meal at right consists of pasta with broccoli and slices of bread, and fruit. At left are vegetable chili with rice and broccoli, sponge cake with custard, and a banana.

UK school dinner of frankfurters and beans, a baked potato, corn on the cob, slice of melon and a box drink 

And another UK meal for kids: frankfurters and beans, a baked potato, corn on the cob, slice of melon and a box drink.

South Indian school children eat off a thali plate which has white rice, sambar (dhal), smoked gourd vegetable stir-fry, curd, buttermilk and kesari, a type of sweet dessert made from semolina

South Indian school children eat off a thali plate which has white rice, sambar (dhal), smoked gourd vegetable stir-fry, curd, buttermilk and kesari, a type of sweet dessert made from semolina.

Lunch in an Estonian school is rice with a piece of meat and purple cabbage. They also have bread and a get a cup of chocolate drink 

Lunch in an Estonian school is rice with a piece of meat and purple cabbage. They also have bread and a get a cup of chocolate drink .

Balanced diet: Italian children get pasta, fish, two kinds of salad, rocket and caprese, a bread roll and grapes (courtesy Sweetgreen)

Balanced diet: Italian children get pasta, fish, two kinds of salad, rocket and caprese, a bread roll and grapes.

In Finland lunch is mainly a vegetarian affair of pea soup, carrots, beetroot salad, crusty roll and sweet pancake with berries to finish

In Finland lunch is mainly a vegetarian affair of pea soup, carrots, beetroot salad, crusty roll and sweet pancake with berries to finish.

School lunch in Alba, Spain (left):  white flesh peaches, strawberries and yogurt melts, cous-cous, broccoli, cucumbers and roasted salmon; (right): Poached apple pears, strawberries and blue berries, boiled swede and fresh garden peas

School lunch in Alba, Spain (left):  white flesh peaches, strawberries and yogurt melts, cous-cous, broccoli, cucumbers and roasted salmon; (right): Poached apple pears, strawberries and blue berries, boiled swede and fresh garden peas.

South Korean children tuck into broccoli and peppers, fried rice with tofu, fermented cabbage and fish soup

South Korean children tuck into broccoli and peppers, fried rice with tofu, fermented cabbage and fish soup.

And then, there are U.S. school lunches…

Thanks Michelle Obama? New school lunch rules backed by FLOTUS have students nationwide tweeting '#thanksMichelleObama' along with photos of meals like this

The backlash is part of the first lady's push for healthier school lunches

What is it? School lunches in the United States stand in stark contrast to the wholesome and in some cases even decadent meals served to kids in other markedly less fortunate nations

School lunches in the United States stand in stark contrast to the wholesome, and in some cases even decadent, meals served to kids in other markedly less fortunate nations.

By the way, did you know that most U. S. schools NO LONGER ACTUALLY PREPARE THEIR OWN MEALS? Yes, they have been outsourced to, primarily, fast food places, and THIS  is what your school taxes are paying for. Happy? Hope not.

This is only “balanced” in the minds of embarrassed parents and school lunch servers, bureaucrats and the lobbyists who have paid them off. Actually, most schools I am acquainted with would just have pizza and soda, although there is a growing backlash, just not large enough.

This is the kind of junk they have been eating all year and we wonder why our kids misbehave, can’t concentrate, are growing fatter every day and don’t know what healthy eating looks like except on government flyers. Will you sit by and let it be the same come Fall? Your kids will likely eat better when NOT in school.

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but I would like to add at least one: Pathetic.

Feel free to add your own adjectives.

 

Images and descriptions from:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2958640/Photos-school-lunches-served-world-reveal-just-meager-America-s-meals-compared-cash-strapped-nations.html

Benefits of Reading – Infographic

This infographic about reading is so beautiful and so cool I just had to share!

The Metamorphosis Journal

82 delicious layer, 12 hours of work dedicated to those who adore reading and book. Feel free to share it, and if you wish to make a print of this for educational purposes, don’t hesitate to contact me in order to get a free, print-resolution copy.

benefits of reading

Update: Some people asked for a print of this infographic. But, unfortunately, they had problems with meeting printing requirements. If you wish to have it ready in print, it’s available here on Zazzle. You can change the size as it please you, but please consider keeping the text readable.

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American History in Black and White – part 3 of 3

And finally, the last video in the series.

So what have you learned? What do you think? Frankly, the scrubbing and silencing of American history makes my blood boil.

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Moral commentary by way of tea videos?

Get ready to be offended, no matter where you stand on this topic. Of course, you might also find it funny, which is rather sad when you think about it, since that means you recognize the irony of the current state of United States’ (western) moral values, and that animals generally behave better than we do, and they have NO moral values at all. But to continue…

If you haven’t seen or heard of the “Tea and Consent” videos yet, you will. For the as yet uninformed, this is generally about the “sex and consent” issues on college and university campuses. Wow. I mean, just WOW.

In the mid 20th Century there were (and to a lesser extent, still are) those who believed in, and tried to adhere (with varying degrees of success) to the belief in chastity/purity/virginity, meaning waiting until marriage for sex as opposed to the grungy, pathetically vacuous (I could go on with more adjectives, but I won’t) “no holds barred” lifestyle that has replaced what the Flower Children at least tried to clean up by calling it “making love.” Sodom & Gomorrah and the latter Roman Empire would be right comfortable with 2016.

Problem is, apparently, this free and easy morality (if that insults you, congratulations, you can read between the lines) has degenerated into a whole “new” sense of mysoginistic entitlement that makes the old “double standard” look nearly chivalrous. Not to say that there weren’t people back then who weren’t warning that this is exactly what it would come to. In fact, if some are still alive they are yelling “TOLD YOU SO!” until they are hoarse.

But this is all I am going to say, as there are bloggers and vloggers who are much more adept at putting a very fine point on it. If I find one who has done so, I will share it.

Otherwise, if you don’t understand all the nuances behind this, I am not going to club you with a verbal bat to try to wake you up – enjoy the videos. The rest of you can join me in rueful, ironic laughter at the truth/value of observing God’s commandments in preventing this and other related outrages.

 

 

“The Future of Language: American Sign Language for everyone but the Deaf”

That is the subtitle of a blog post: Sara Nović: Sign of the Times. She writes about the struggle between “deaf culture” and the clinical approach to attempting  to eradicate biological deafness, and how deaf people perceive it. Very enlightening and interesting, particularly if you know any deaf/hearing-impaired people.

The Future of Language: American Sign Language for everyone but the Deaf

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Think one person (uh, like you) couldn’t make a difference? Watch and smile.

You know, if more schools had something fun and exciting in the morning, like some singing and party dancing (a la “cupid shuffle”) imagine how many kids would actually look forward to going to school and what a nice way it would be to set the tone for the day. Of course, letting a charismatic individual like Gary Logan have their way and not “institutionalize” it into some boring, structured thing is what makes it work.

Common Core – Controversy Continues

So what is all this fuss about the Common Core? Wow. Where to begin?

I live in one of the states that “voluntarily” took on Common Core. “Voluntarily?” Hardly! There is a huge groundswell against it and they want it repealed. Things are NOT better as a result and there is no consensus on positive outcomes. We are expected to just go along quietly with this crap that got ramrodded through against all parents’ wills – NOT HAPPENING.

Parents are refusing the tests, organizing opposition, putting their kids elsewhere and even deciding to homeschool, in spite of the challenges of doing that in our particular state. Homeschool co-ops and other similarly academically structured homeschool support groups are burgeoning. In fact, my particular group has nearly doubled in two years, which tells you something. Homeschooling is growing in popularity, but this is a huge jump.

There are a lot of videos about it on YouTube, but there is a documentary about it which is well worth you time to watch if this issue concerns you. BTW, the states that have rejected Common Core are Alaska, Minnesota, Nebraska, Texas, and Virginia.

Trailer for the movie/documentary “Building the Machine”

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The documentary “Building the Machine – The Common Core Documentary”
* Part 1 (5:58)     –   The Players
* Part 2 (12:04)  –    The Validation Committee
* Part 3 (15:51)   –    “Among the best in the world…”
* Part 4 (26:25)  –    Humans, Not Machines
* Part 5 (31:42)   –    The Lynchpin


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Trailer for the parent interviews “We Are All the Same”


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The parent interviews of “Building the Machine”

OK, let’s learn how to prevent word crimes with Weird Al

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Matt Ridley’s new article in the WSJ – a dose of pragmatism about revelations from the new IPCC report

In the interests of intelligent balance in the “climate change” discussion we present the following for your consideration.

Watts Up With That?

Art for WSJ by David Klein

This will be a top sticky post for a day, new stories will appear below this one.

Climate Forecast: Muting the Alarm

Even while it exaggerates the amount of warming, the IPCC is becoming more cautious about its effects.

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will shortly publish the second part of its latest report, on the likely impact of climate change. Government representatives are meeting with scientists in Japan to sex up—sorry, rewrite—a summary of the scientists’ accounts of storms, droughts and diseases to come.

But the actual report, known as AR5-WGII, is less frightening than its predecessor seven years ago.

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Homeschooling in New York – regulations….and requests

New York is one of the states that some people think is difficult for homeschooling. Not necessarily, unless you have someone in your district who has decided to target homeschoolers for harassment – which does occasionally happen.

HOMESCHOOL REGULATIONS

The regs are not as bad as you might think. Homeschooling in New York doesn’t have to be difficult as long as you read and understand them, politely stick to them, and not back down or allow yourself to be confused or intimidated.

I have seen the official form of the regs, and they are OK, but here is a link to download a copy of the regulations that is VERY easy to read because it has been formatted to be so, with helpful bolding, underlining, font colors, highlighting and tables defining instructional hours more clearly than the way the regulations make it sound.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/77917021/Educational/NYS%20Regs_Reformatted.pdf

INAPPROPRIATE REQUESTS FROM DISTRICTS

Occasionally, school districts overstep their authority, sometimes innocently (as a result of misapplying to us regulations written for PUBLIC SCHOOL students), sometimes…not so much.

In recent years, districts across the state have been trying to create student databases which, if you are in public school is unavoidable, but they have no authority to do that with homeschoolers. Some districts have even been insisting we register for ‘homeschool programs;’ requesting, nay, sometimes demanding, birth certificates (!); and even asking for proof of residence. Seriously?

  1. First, only ‘Section 100.10 of Regulations of the Commissioner of Education’ pertains to us, and nothing more.
  2. Districts have NO AUTHORITY to establish any policies or procedures which add to or contradict them. So…
  3. NOTHING in the regulations requires us to “register” for any “homeschool program.”In fact, according the NYSED.gov Q&As on home instruction (http://www.p12.nysed.gov/nonpub/homeinstruction/homeschoolingqanda.html), the A to the very first Q clearly states “Parents are not required to register their child…if they plan to provide home instruction.”
  4. Trust me, we wouldn’t be sending a Letter of Intent if our children weren’t of compulsory age, and we have no reason to lie about their date of birth which, by the way, is only obliged to be put on the IHIP (Individualized Home Instruction Program), but birth certificates are not mandated.
  5. As for demonstrating residence, if the home address on the Letter of Intent and IHIP is not enough, they have bigger problems, because 6-year-olds generally don’t get much mail outside of, maybe, birthday cards. Come on! We have no reason to report to a district in which we don’t reside – we gain nothing by doing so, only paperwork.
  6. On the other hand, “The district is obligated to reply within 10 business days of receiving the notice of intent by sending to the parents a copy of C.R. 100.10 and a form on which to submit an IHIP.” Believe it or not, there is at least one district that is refusing to do this as of this writing.

Aside from the above points, there is nothing in the Regulations that requires us to provide anything beyond what is specified within them, so DON’T. (As with kids, give them an inch, and they’ll take a mile.)

So take a breath, get a spine, and write nice polite letters to the poor burdened souls working at the district office. Letters help make sure that no one forgets what has been said, minimizes misunderstandings and helps you keep track of your interactions and any requests and when they occurred. If they ask for something you do not see in the regulations, ask them to please tell you what part of the regulations they are referring to, and often this clears things up.

 

Happy homeschooling!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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