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  •  Well the Conservative Responses Would Be (36+ / 0-)

    1) all the rest of the kids should have jobs too, after all they're not paying for that education; and

    2) quit oppressing the others' free speech rights to ostracize and haze you for being poor. That's an essential motivator to make sure you pull yourself up by the boot straps.

    3) Private charity to you is allowed because your benefactor can look into your eyes every time and make you feel ashamed for taking it.

    Seriously the punch card was a great idea. Some kind of moderate work as a generic idea wasn't bad either, just the setting where your situation would be on display to the othe rkids. If the school'd had some errands for you to do out of sight of the kids that would've been far better.

    In the brown bag story, the analogy would've been providing school lunches in the same kind of brown bags the other kids bring from home.

    More than anything else conservatism is about containment and punishment.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 10:43:05 AM PDT

    •  My high school did that (14+ / 0-)

      Since our lunch room was over crowded, and many kids opted not to eat a hot lunch, we could grab a "to go" brown bag with a sandwich, a fruit cup or a pudding cup, an apple, and celery sticks or carrot sticks.

      The hot lunches were way better.  The brown bag was only really used for lunch when you ate in the class room.

      The Cake is a lie. In Pie there is Truth. ~ Fordmandalay

      by catwho on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 10:48:01 AM PDT

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      •  Brown bagging was (5+ / 0-)

        uber uncool in my high school. Almost no one did it unless it was on a field trip. We didn't have the option of buying a grab and go bagged lunch at school, but I don' t think it would have worked well.

        •  Really? (6+ / 0-)

          Did you have unusually-good school lunches? Most kids at my school preferred to bring food from home. (I didn't, but mostly only because I enjoyed having one meal a day where someone else would cook for me and where my food didn't have to be gluten-free.)

          To be fair, most people didn't actually use 'brown bags'. They had fancy lunch boxes and thermoses and such, which contained real food, not just PB&J and an apple. I think anyone whose family could only manage a sandwich in a brown bag most days usually went for the school lunch. But I don't think anyone ever picked it over decent food from home except me.

          If the school lunch were also decent food, that would of course be a different matter.

          "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

          by kyril on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 04:31:32 PM PDT

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          •  There's so much pressure and drama wrapped up (4+ / 0-)

            kids' school lunch choices.

            Are you buying/brown bagging/is your food ethnic--i know kids who would rather die than bring ethnic food from home, even gourmet stuff, lovingly prepared.

            So much pressure to conform.

            I doubt Molly Ringwald's character would've brought sushi in this clip if she were a Japanese American girl at that time.

          •  My kids prefer to brown bag it (4+ / 0-)
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            kyril, raspberryberet, aratinga, La Gitane

            We offer to pay for the "hot lunch" for our kids but they always choose to pack.  The school lunch in the district where we live is hit or miss.  It seems like there is too much emphasis on serving kid friendly food at the expense of nutrition and quality.  Then again, a lot of the more nutritious food probably ends up in the trash.

            The reason my kids say they prefer to pack is that they do not want to stand in line and use up part of their lunch hour.

            •  I would have preferred to brown bag to avoid (3+ / 0-)

              having to bolt down a hot plate lunch in ten minutes flat.  In school in 7th grade--lunch was 3rd period--3rd period was 75 minutes divided into 3 parts--two of which were a 50 minute class and one of which was 25 minutes for lunch.  It took 15 minutes to serve the line.  I always needed badly to go to the bathroom at the beginning of lunch so I always ended up last in line.  I was too miserable with indigestion to learn anything in the afternoon.  My mother insisted that I always buy the hot plat lunch, because she was convinced hot food was more nutritious than anything that could be packed for lunch.

          •  we had standard issue (2+ / 0-)
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            aratinga, La Gitane

            school lunches: square pizza on Fridays, boiled hotdogs with chip,  grey burgers with un-melted processed cheese on top, nuggets and fries etc. Taco day was a huge hit. In my district, you just stopped bringing your lunch around fifth grade. If you didn't, you got "awwww, your mommy packed your lunch for you" type of ribbing. our lunches weren't good at all but they were fuel and needed to get through the day. We heard that a local school actually had McDonald's brought in once a week and were so envious. Never knew if it was really true, though.

          •  I am dating myself with this... (3+ / 0-)

            ... but the schools I went to had very good food.  It was always cooked on site by (all) women who were nice and would slip you extras of stuff that was your favorite (if you treated them well).

            I still remember fondly their wonderful spaghetti (pasta not al dente but sauce rocked) and huge, fluffy, yeasty rolls and salad.  Carton of milk and maybe a cookie or jello.  The cinnamon rolls they made from the yeast dough were some of the best I have ever had.  

            I don't understand how we went away from this to instead serve kids absolutely terrible things with little to no nutritional value.  But then of course we had physical education and music and sports.  All things that we apparently have no money for anymore.  

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