Education

Caffeine Culture: Coffeehouses in High Schools

By Kevin Bushweller — October 31, 2007 1 min read

My eyes were not opened to the pure joy and energetic powers of a cup of coffee until I was a young adult working at a daily newspaper. Purely out of survival, I began consuming coffee throughout each day and the habit has continued for almost two decades.

But I have serious reservations about making coffee easily available to high school students, as is being done in coffeehouses now setting up shop in high school libraries. See “High School Libraries Luring Students in with Coffeehouses.” The idea is to entice more kids to visit the library.

Sure, my As and Bs (and a C here and there) in high school would have been transformed into all As if had been introduced to the energetic powers of coffee as a teen. Well, at least that’s what I think now.

But what about the long-term health implications? Encouraging consumption of an addictive liquid? Stomach problems? Sleep problems possibly brought on by too much caffeine?

Coffeehouse in a high school library?

Seems like a bad idea as I ponder it over a medium Dunkin Donuts coffee with cream and sugar.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Motivation Matters blog.