Friday, October 9, 2009

Now We Know - It was Breakfast that killed the Beast.

In annual report cards, Philadelphia principals will be graded on attendance, math and reading scores — and how many students eat breakfast at school, reports the Inquirer. Philadelphia’s public schools have made all 165,00 students eligible for a free (tax-funded) breakfast, but only about a third show up to eat it. "Many studies have shown that breakfast boosts student performance and health."

Really? Breakfast does all that, huh? Is this the magic bullet that finally explains why children of poor families are constantly and consistently outscored by those of higher socio-economic strata?

One wishes it were so simple.

I wholeheartedly feel that schools can provide meals to the kids but not for any "scores are improved" bullshit, but because it's plain good sense and the right thing to do. And don't pretend breakfast time is instructional time.

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