Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Junk Food Still Life High School

Yes, our school is guilty of selling junk food in the canteen and this has been an on-going issue for several years, probably since its inception. Parents argue that if you provide students the option of buying carrot sticks they would do that. If you are a developing teen and you had a choice between a Twinkie and fresh carrots what would you choose? You think you might know the answer but let me throw this thought your way. My first teaching job at a middle school in Boulder, CO I walked my advisory class to the shopping center where there was a Taco Bell, Arby's and a Whole Foods type of market. Most of the sixth graders bought organic smoothies and super green foods. They actually tried to show off by doing wheat grass shots and threw around phrases like vegan, organic...and this was in 1995-6. I know for sure that the concept of "vegan" wasn't on the social conscious radar that decade. And yes, there were a couple of kids that bought some junk food, and those that did threw ketchup packets into the road and watched the cars run over them while laughing like Beavis and Butthead. An argument can be made that our students eat like their parents, and with that being said I don't think the carrot stick idea will go over well here.

A funny thing to note was that these projects were completed when I was absent (traveling with another group of students) and when I returned all that was left were empty cans and wrappers. I guess they showed me!

Projects were completed with color pencils on black construction paper.

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