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I’d like to offer some insights regarding the recent article about “free” breakfast in Wilson County high schools (“Breakfast essential to better learning,” Saturday).
First, there is no “free” anything — someone always has to pay. We should be teaching our students that their meals are “subsidized,” not “free,” so they will understand that someone else is paying so that they don’t have to.
Also, people need to understand that these high school students are getting breakfast twice in the same day. Here’s the quote: “The ‘second chance’ breakfast is offered to students at 8:55 a.m. between first and second periods. The time may serve an additional subset of children beyond breakfast, which is served when they arrive at school.”
So the students get breakfast when they arrive at school, and are presented with a second breakfast at 8:55.
Another major problem is that these breakfasts are full of sugar. From The Wilson Times’ menu list:
So not only are the students eating twice each morning, but they are also being inundated with sugary foods. Many students react poorly to sugary foods and may be less able to pay attention and more likely to act out in class.
Finally, I find it objectionable that socializing is a school goal. Here’s the quote: “‘It provides then [sic] the opportunity to focus on their learning and focus on their socializing in school. It takes that worry away,” Hunt High School Principal Eddie Doll said.
I agree with academics as a school goal, but socializing is not a goal for schools.
Diana D. Page