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Rethinking Schools: Feeding the Children


Volume 20 No. 4 - Summer 2006
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Special Focus:
The Politics of Food and Schools


Feeding the children
By the Editors of Rethinking Schools
As obesity, diabetes, eating disorders and other food-related health problems spiral out of control in the United States, it's worth taking a look at not only what goes into our students' mouths, but also what goes into their minds regarding food.

Feeding Our Future
By Michael Ableman
In the heart of fertile farmland, why does a school serve kids such awful food? Thoughts on the dramatic shift in young people's relationship to food and the land.

Don't Bite the Hand That Feeds
By Barbara Miner
Although it needs improvement, the federal school lunch program fills a need.

  • The Scoop on School Lunch

Fossil Food: Consuming Our Future
By Tom Starrs
Americans use more than three times as much energy to obtain food than they do to fuel their homes, writes Starrs: "The implications of agricultural energy use for the environment are disturbing."

There's No Business Like Food Business
By Michi Thacker
Students discover that food corporations keep secrets, and ask "why?"

  • Resources

Home Cooking
By Linda Christensen
Food connects us to our heritage and our homes. Getting students to write about food can make them feel "at home," Christensen says. Invite your students to close their eyes and call to mind the smells, sounds and tastes of the food in their homes, and then capture them in words.

Sowing Seeds of Solidarity
By Leah Penniman
Schools partner with a nonprofit to teach children and communities about the benefits of fresh, local food.

Linking the Land with the Lunchroom
By Doug Wubben
A Look at a a program that brings fresh, locally produced foods into schools.

'Yuck! Worms Are Disgusting!'
By Rachel Cloues
Fourth graders find their classroom worm bin offers ecological and social lessons.

Hunger on Trial
By Bill Bigelow
A role play on the Irish Potato Famine offers meaning for today.

Lessons from Ana
By Jean Hannon
When a new student arrives from an orphanage in China, a teacher rethinks classroom activities where children play with food.

Soda Contracts: Who Really Benefits?
By Nicola Pinson
When cash-strapped schools make deals with beverage companies, schools and students lose out.

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds
By Catherine Steiner-Adair and Lisa Sjostrom
A program helps young people develop healthy relationships to food and their bodies.

Got a Little More Than Milk?
By Tim Swinehart
Students get a glimpse into the corporate-controlled food system by looking at the politics of food.

Good Stuff: On Eating
By Herb Kohl

Reviews: Videos with a Conscience
By Ryan Zinn
Resources to help teachers and students delve into the economics and politics of food.

Book Reviews: Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen
By Anna Lappé and Bryan Terry, reviewed by Ryan Zinn


A Dark Cloud on the U.S. Horizon
By Melissa Schieble
A teacher's experience in England is a cautionary tale.

  • Teacher Resistance in the United Kingdom, by Nick Grant

Promises, Promises
By Scott Key
What students need to know to make good decisions about military service

Children's Literature Spotlight

  • Crossing Bok Chitto, by Tim Tingle, reviewed by Beverly Slapin.

  • Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX, the Law That Changed the Future of Girls in America, by Karen Blumenthal, reviewed by Ginny Moore Kruse.

  • America by Karen Blumenthal, reviewed by Ginny Moore Kruse

Immigration Action
Essays, poetry, and photos documenting the groundswell of demand for immigrant rights in the United States.


COLUMNS AND DEPARTMENTS


Letters

Strange Stuff

Short Stuff

Good Stuff

Resources

CONTENTS
Vol. 20, No. 4

Special Focus: The Politics of Food and Schools

Feeding the children

Feeding Our Future

Don't Bite the Hand That Feeds

  • The Scoop on School Lunch

Fossil Food: Consuming Our Future

There's No Business Like Food Business

  • Resources

Home Cooking

Sowing Seeds of Solidarity

Linking the Land with the Lunchroom

'Yuck! Worms Are Disgusting!'

Hunger on Trial

Lessons from Ana

Soda Contracts: Who Really Benefits?

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds

Got a Little More Than Milk?

Good Stuff: On Eating

Reviews: Videos with a Conscience

Book Reviews: Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen


A Dark Cloud on the U.S. Horizon

  • Teacher Resistance in the United Kingdom

Promises, Promises

Children's Literature Spotlight

  • Crossing Bok Chitto

  • Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX, the Law That Changed the Future of Girls in America

  • America

Immigration Action


COLUMNS AND DEPARTMENTS


Letters

Strange Stuff

Short Stuff

Good Stuff

Resources