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Winning A Piece of the Pie -- A Just Dessert ???
November 25, 2013 - Joselyn King
Visited a local school recently where students were working to raise funds for a worthy cause, and the homeroom that raised the most was to win "a prize."
"A pizza party?" I asked the teacher.
"No," she told me. "We've been told we can't reward students with food anymore."
What? That stunned me. Apparently, we've come to the point where food can't be associated with winning, or reaping the rewards for successful work.
I'm not suggesting our schools endorse "Miller Time" in their classroom, but the tradition of celebrating with food and drink is ingrained in our culture.
Nobel Prize winners get a dinner, and Oscar winners (and those losers who were "just happy to be nominated") gather for post-ceremony revelry.
Olympic champions headed to McDonalds after leaving the medal stand during the 2012 games; World Series winners toast and douse each other with champagne; and Indianapolis 500 victors drink milk after successfully crossing the finish line.
I wonder if future societal winners won't be expected to buy and prepare a dinner to serve to those who don't train for or participate in work or athletic endeavors.
I understand the concerns about childhood obesity. But if you look at school playgrounds, most don't even have equipment anymore for children -- and I'm not sure how often they get out for physical exercise during the school day.
Maybe a better approach would be to pelt less motivated students with carrot sticks to make them run?
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