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  •  Spoon policies! (11+ / 0-)

    My grade school age grandson has 15 minutes to eat lunch.  His mom told me that yesterday and I am appalled.  Fifteen minutes...  Many years ago when our two oldest children went to school, they were only given spoons to eat their lunch with.  I stormed the lunch ladies, and told them I had spent five years teaching them table manners, and now they're only given spoons?

    The British chef who last year tried to transform the school lunch program in Morgantown, W.Va. found the same 'spoon' policy still in effect.  Lunch food in schools drives me crazy!!!  Not only is the food usually horrible, but any semblance of manners are thrown out with the lunch.

    •  Jamie Oliver... (9+ / 0-)

      Unfortunately, the UK's new right-wing government has recently attacked his progress on school lunch over there, as well.

      I remember when I got to high school (10th grade back in NJ, after spending freshman year in Arizona), the administrators decided that in order to relieve school overcrowding lunch was what had to be sacrificed - it wasn't cut altogether obviously, but they split our periods into 3.  We had like 14 minutes for lunch, too.  At least half of which was always spent waiting on line in the cafeteria.

      Spoon that grub in, eh?

      Yes, very disgusting and it gets more disturbing every year.  My daughter's school hasn't gone there yet, but who knows what Christie has up his sleeve for New Jersey's schools over the next three years...

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      by JayinPortland on Tue Sep 07, 2010 at 06:40:04 AM PDT

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    •  15 minutes? (4+ / 0-)

      Fair labor practices require at least an hour lunch break for an 8 hour work day. We got an hour for lunch back in my day, which gave us a half hour to eat and a half hour to run around and get rid of the excess calories. I'll have to check with my niece who's a grade school teacher and find out what their lunch schedule is like.

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      by Cali Scribe on Tue Sep 07, 2010 at 09:04:46 AM PDT

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    •  I wonder if parents could organize against that (7+ / 0-)

      Fifteen minutes to eat lunch? That is just wrong. It treats kids like they're animals! I wonder if the parents could be organized to pressure the school to extend the lunchtime to a half-hour. It'll probably depend on where you live as to how much organization and pressure it would take, but I bet somebody could find a way.

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      by tmo on Tue Sep 07, 2010 at 10:15:22 AM PDT

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    •  15 minutes to eat? Too horrible to think of and (2+ / 0-)
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      Angie in WA State, JayinPortland

      I thought 30 minutes was awful in my Grandkiddos' schools.  But I understand that 30 minutes is all many working adults are now allowed in a working day and they don't get paid for that time either.  Perhaps we are now preparing our future generations for what life will be under the thumbs of Repubs.

      Many ago I worked a job with an eight hour day which included two 15 minute breaks and an hour for lunch.  That time was paid as part of the working day.

      How very wonderfully far we have come in 45 years.

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