Obama and sensible school lunch schedules
When President Obama made a surprise visit today to Viers Mill Elementary School in Silver Spring to share a meal with third- and fifth-graders, he picked a school that has reasonable lunch schedule for its kids.
The school says that its students have 30 minutes to eat their lunch every day. That seems like a reasonable time for kids to eat and have a little time for their food to start to digest.
But there are plenty of other schools where kids have 15 or 20 minutes to eat. And, making matters worse, I’ve heard of students with schedules that set lunchtime before 11 a.m.
Viers Mill was chosen by Obama because it was the first school in the Montgomery County Public School system in Maryland with a large population of low-income students that was awarded, in 2005, a National Blue Ribbon for significantly closing the achievement gap.
Somehow the kids have time to eat lunch AND get good standardized test scores (which is how the achievement gap is measured). I wonder why all schools can't give their kids enough time to eat lunch.
When does your child have lunch at school, and how much time is given to eat? Do you think it is enough?
| October 19, 2009; 2:44 PM ET
Categories: Health | Tags: President Obama, Viers Mill Elementary School, school lunch
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