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Don’t Waste your Money on School Lunches!


Now that most schools have started providing lunch to the kids in their own school compound, it has become an appetizing option over home packed lunches. Kids are free to choose what they want to have for lunch from an array of foods available at the school cafeteria. It’s true that the school lunch is fresher and healthier than the packed foods. But the money spent on school lunches may be a waste if we consider the point of proper selection of food.

It’s important for a kid to have foods that has balanced proportions of all nutrients. In a school lunch, a kid is free to choose his or her favorite dish from the cafeteria menu. It’s obvious that the kid will prefer something delicious and mouth watering like a chicken sandwich or a hot dog and he can go on having it for days without knowing such junk foods have low nutrition value and can turn harmful. Although some schools are recently following the policy of “no-waste lunch”, that might be of a certain help to keep the school premises clean and to save the hard earned pennies of the parents. But how far this policy will succeed is a big question.

Schools have their own arguments to support this. They think the pre-packed foods are harmful to the children as they are not served fresh and contain added flavor, color and preservatives. Having a snack or a packed pastry is of course less healthy than a fresh cooked food in school lunch. Schools even feel that the pre-packed lunches create environment pollution as children throw the packets in their school premises. But to be very true school lunches are comparatively expensive than home packed lunches.

This problem can be solved if children carry freshly cooked lunches to school. A kid may love to have a peanut butter sandwich or a sweet popper and that can be easily prepared and packed from home. This lunch will have high nutrition value, healthy for kids and will also save pocket pinch.

All articles contributed in full or part by Athens Learning college preparedness resource.


Metal Detectors in Schools: Help or Harm?

After the attack in 1999 in the Colorado’s Columbine High School, security has become the prime concern in every school. Schools are now using metal detectors and scanners as a part of their rules and principles. Every day student queued up, outside the premises unbuckling their shoes, belts and even emptying their pockets off the coins if they have any. This process is taking a marathon time and even delaying the students for their classes. A school is meant for education but now metal detectors are becoming the first preference for the school authorities.

If a student is delayed for his first class for a silly reason that is indeed useless in the school regulation. The metal detectors are silly in the sense that when attackers will target a school they will obviously do it on the purpose of killing people so what a metal detector will do in that case. Attackers will not by a metal detector or a scanner for a security check up. Even a software for evaluating threat is of no use as no attacker is that fool to threat of an attack to aware people. Even a SWAT team has no function in securing the school from any kind of attacks as every attack occurs for a minute and everything ends up before police or any security team arrives for help.

Security experts, police and researchers have suggested that instead of depending on physical security systems like metal detectors, scanners and threat evaluation software, its better to interact with the students more to stop any attack will it is in progress. Students might come to hear certain suspicious events going to take place in the school through which the school may track an attack. Watch out for any rare or suspicious actions in the school premises which might be a preplanning of an attack. With these alerts a school can be safer to attacks than depending blindly on physical security systems.

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Keep Sex Education in the Home! …right?


There has been an ongoing debate on whether a child should get sex education at school or would it be better for him or her to have the required information at their own home. Some parents may not feel easy talking about sex with their children and prefer that they learn it at school. But of course it is a very good idea if parents can make their children aware of sex and its do’s and dont’s.

Although most parents ignore the importance of sex education and unfortunately let their children learn it the hard way. But a prior check and proper information on the subject help the teenagers become aware of the dangers of practicing unsafe sex and getting trouble.

Initially, it may seem a little difficult to strike up a conversation with your children but if you interact more with them and understand their problems and needs, you would be able to answer their questions easily. Sex education is definitely better off at home as every child gets more personal attention and answers to all their queries. In school, they will be taught only theories. Life is a child is full of questions and queries about unknown. Your child may not feel at ease about discussing their queries and problems with their teachers as they will feel with you.

Sex education should be given at home as children require discussing a lot of things about it. It will be impossible for a teacher to understand and answer the queries of a class full of students. It is the personal attention they need to take the right direction and not some theories to make them confident and happy. Mothers are supposed to be the best teachers when it comes to sex education but nowadays many fathers are doing a great job too.

All it takes is a little support and understanding from you to make your child confident about proper sexual behaviors.

All articles contributed in full or part by Athens Learning college preparedness resource.

Censorship in the School Libraries: Banned Reading


Former Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, the late Potter Stewart, had once said, ‘Censorship reflects society’s lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime.’ So, is it the society’s lack of confidence in its basic moralities that has led to the Censorship in school libraries?

The school library has now turned into a battle field of sorts with censors group and the curiosity of students to delve into diverse literature fighting each other. And curbing this desire, are many. If there are Fundamentalists, opposing abortion issues, then there are feminists protesting backdated female stereotypes. If there is African-American groups objecting to the portrayal of their race, then there are parents who simply judge ban by what trouble them individually!

Way back, in 1982, Island Trees Union Free School District No 26 had withdrawn a number of books from the library, for they feared that these books could fuel anti-American, anti-Christian and anti-Semitic sentiments. The students and their parents challenged the board’s decision. The United States Supreme Court passed a judgement, which stated only books that were ‘educationally unsuitable’ shall be removed. The point is, strangely censorship of books in libraries has crossed these limits.

Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been banned for the ‘nigger’ word, but has it ever occurred to the supporters of the ban that Twain wanted to tell the truth of slavery in its own language. Treasure Island was another book that few censors in Ohio tried to remove it from the library shelves, reason being the book might encourage children to commit piracy. There are books like Sweet Valley, ‘Animorphs’, and the ‘Goosebumps’ series, so popular yet often damned for they lack literary merit.

Censorship has its own set of detractors, but is it not really true, that kids do at times, try to imitate their favourite literary characters? Many child psychologists do recommend that literature for young children should be based on simple concepts and in an ideal way. Censorship undoubtedly goes overboard at many times, and therefore it is important to know and understand the point to stop. Obviously we cannot stop teaching mythology for it has magic, or History for it has war, or Macbeth for it has murders!

All articles contributed in full or part by Athens Learning college preparedness resource.