"Education policy in the United States has taken a turn in a new direction, and anyone with a stake in public education should celebrate this. Policymakers increasingly recognize that stresses related to student poverty—hunger, chronic illness, and, in too many cases, trauma—are the key barriers to teaching and learning." (Helen Ladd) It saddens me to think about 25% of the United States children are living in poverty or are homeless.
Relevance: It is our duty as teachers to provide a healthy, safe, friendly environment for the students to be ready to learn. They are not coming to school prepared to learn if their bellies are empty. I am a huge advocate for FREE, HEALTHY lunches for all children when in school. It should be a law! We provide free education. Why not free food for children. I hope that every teacher stands up, and gets involved politically to fight for free, and healthy food for student.
Author: Helen Ladd