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Education: From the Suburban Frontlines

From a reader:

So, we are in a reasonably affluent suburban school district with a good reputation.  This year, the elementary school has decided that it is going to provide breakfasts for the students every day.  In the classroom, before they start actually learning anything doing anything else.  When questioned about this, the school principal regurgitated statistics explaining how kids who eat breakfast do better in schools.  I have no doubt this is true, but let’s face it, the kids who don’t eat breakfast are almost certainly the same ones whose parents don’t try to read with or to them every day, don’t make sure they are doing their homework etc etc etc .  I also really doubt whether many kids in our elementary school miss breakfast in the morning.


I’m sure it’s just a coincidence, but the teacher also tells us he won’t have time to make his third graders do multiplication tables this year.


And, this is in a “good” school district.  I don’t want to imagine what they are doing in DC and similar places.


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