Good nutrition can be especially elusive during the holidays, but the best lessons haven’t changed much since your childhood — whenever that was.
the less junk food and the more fruits and veggies you eat, the better off you are. We needlessly complicate things when we think about “nutrients” rather than “foods,” and we often take rigid, extreme positions.
It was health warnings about cholesterol and fat that set off the low-fat, high-processed-carb craze, which led pretty much directly to the current obesity crisis. Indeed, if the nutrition advice of the ‘70s and ‘80s had been “eat most things in moderation, and don’t eat too much junk,” many pounds would have remained ungained. Instead we were told to eat low-fat foods, and we downed Snackwell’s as if they were health food. Voilà.
NYTimes: Dietary Advice for the Gluttony Season
The author is not specifically writing about k-12 public education, but succinctly nails a biting criticism to the door:
As for non-college teaching, the sad state of so many of our K-12 schools — with their unprepared and undisciplined students, overcrowding, lack of funding and obtuse, test-obsessed bureaucracies — make teaching there a path to frustration and burnout.
To identify over-wrought administrative bureaucracies as obtuse is long overdue. Administrative attempts at reform are too often failures of their own creation even (or especially) when understood within the context of the feckless inputs, both public & private, that drive the attempts.
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