A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
I recall a fellow (when was a lad) who had made a deal with the local schools to pick up the school cafeteria food dumped by the students every day. Back then, at least, the food from a school cafeteria REALLY sucked! I mean, it was beyond bad.
But I digress.
The man I referred to above had a trailer behind his pickup truck and on that trailer he had multiple 55 gallon oil drums that he would practically fill to over-flowing every single school day. This was food the students threw away, wouldn't eat, didn't want, and couldn't stand. This, uh, "refuse" he fed to his hogs. He had some of the most well-fed hogs in the county, quite likely the state!
Please note: This was a few decades before the Obamas and their "healthy food" experiments in our public schools. If that old fellow was still alive to date, I'd suggest to him that he might want to look into some sort of contract with his local schools to pick their food refuse today. Problem is, as the food has been described to me -- I have serious doubts his hogs would eat it!
Of course, we can expect the enterprising student who will see an opportunity in all this and put himself through college bootlegging candy, chips, soft drinks, and other treats from his backpack, or locker, or the trunk of his car in the school parking lot. (I am intimately acquainted with a fellow who did exactly that way back in the 1950's.)
If I had children in school today, I would prepare their lunches and send them to school with food they would be sure to eat so their minds and bodies would be working at top efficiency during those critical hours they are supposed to be acquiring knowledge.
What we have here, in my humble estimation, is our "Progressive Overlords" training our kids to accept strong governmental power over them while they are yet young and their minds are malleable to such machinations. (Get 'em while they are young and you've got 'em forever!)
Come ON, folks! This is not about food. This is not about health. This is about control of the masses.
The paternalistic ruling elite in America have so twisted our public schools -- and the mission of our public schools -- that they are now nothing more than indoctrination centers and training centers turning out good little Marxists much as some giant cookie cutter machine.
See, the government figured out long ago that there were at least two institutions upon which they could heap social experiments. One was the US military and the other was -- you got it! -- our public schools. The kids have been at their mercy ever since.
This is just another reason to get you kids out of the pubic school system -- any way you can.
Look, I don't think our kids are "fat" so much as a result of what they eat as lack of exercise. Sitting on one's backside playing video games is not conducive to a healthy body. That is inarguable. It just IS.
I am so old I remember when kids actually "played" -- OUTSIDE! They would be running, and jumping, and screaming for pure joy -- and not because they were running from perverts or someone was shooting at them.
I can understand how some parents feel their children are safer sitting in their rooms playing games on the computer, texting, or whatever the latest electronic "thingy" is especially in urban areas. Playgrounds are hunting ground for perverts. And we have recently seen just how safe our schools are.
Taking all this into consideration, SURELY there is way to serve descent food to our kids in school that they will actually eat and be able to accomplish the goal of learning during those long hours when an agile mind is required.
I must tell you, as an adult, I wouldn't eat much of the food the kids describe as being among the choices they have.
If I had a hog farm, I'd certainly make an effort to secure some sort of contract to pick up the refuse food from the public schools because there will certainly be overflowing garbage cans.
Oh, and yes, we DID have a word for it back in my day. It was called "slop."
© J. D. Longstreet
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