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Posted By on 09.10.09 at 06:40 PM

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Awhile back the Tribune tried to take your kids' cookies away, and I lost my shit, arguing (quite reasonably, I think, despite the tone) that when kids are shut in CPS buildings all day and fed nightmarish ersatz-food variations on cheese and bread, taking away dessert isn't so much a half-assed measure as the final insult.

On Tuesday, Monica Eng sensibly discussed the lack of physical education in CPS schools; it's welcome and worth a read.

Next, I would like to suggest future stories on the decline of home economics* in American education, and, if they really want to pick a fight, the influence of agribusiness and government food subsidies on terrible fake-cheap food: "so the government is poised to go on encouraging America’s fast-food diet with its farm policies even as it takes on added responsibilities for covering the medical costs of that diet. To put it more bluntly, the government is putting itself in the uncomfortable position of subsidizing both the costs of treating Type 2 diabetes and the consumption of high-fructose corn syrup."

Given that this is Illinois, that could be a doozy.

*Seriously: I went to a good hippie school and got to play outside a lot, and was educated well in many things. I did not, however, have any home ec instruction, and as I get older I regret it more. Outside of reading and basic math, learning how to cook healthy food quickly and inexpensively is one of the most universally useful and beneficial skill sets you can give young people. Geometry is very important in lots of professions, but everyone eventually cooks.

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