Originally Posted by SNR
Wait, I'm misunderstanding this. It says kids have to work for their lunches. So doesn't that just mean ALL kids in the class have to do shit before they're allowed to go to lunch?
People are extracting only the kids on free and reduced lunches from the article, and I don't think that's what the guy was saying.
If it's means what I think it means, that's not all that different from what goes on right now in some schools. I remember in my elementary years that it was school policy to have teachers assign kids clean-up chores around the classroom before they could go home. They included wiping out the sinks, washing the chalkboard, picking up all the paper from the floor, etc. I did it something at the end of every school day from 1st through 5th grade.
I will say that in Japan (I believe) the kids help with the food preparation. They do that at my son's private preschool (which does all the way up to Jr. High) as well, and it's freaking awesome. I do think there is something to be said for the kids taking ownership in food preparation and building upkeep... but it should be across the board.
It's also NEVER going to happen in the current environment because such holistic pursuits aren't measurable on test scores (similar to the ridiculousness of most elementary kids getting a single 15 minute recess per day because they need the time for test prep instead... even though the kids will learn better if they're getting more physical activity).