Big Macs, blow guns, and gang treaties—here’s what you might have missed this week in news related to student engagement, school climate, and the world that affects them.
1. “There is just no way that four kids can afford to fill up on a fast, healthy meal at Whole Foods for the same price and ease as they did at McDonald’s.”
—Beth Hoffman, writing for Forbes, about the inequality of healthy food access
2. “What was missing was a concerted effort to understand what the experience of being in a white-majority school filled with relatively affluent and socioeconomically privileged kids was actually like for the newly arrived students of color, some of whom were beneficiaries—and all of whom were often maddeningly presumed to be beneficiaries—of schools’ expanded financial aid policies.”
—Peter Gow, in the Independent Schools, Common Perspectives blog, on the steps independent schools took in the 1980s to understand multiculturalism
3. "[T]he outgoing Bloomberg administration is trying a relatively new and novel method of social engineering: Giving hospital patients ‘prescriptions’ for fruits and vegetables.”
—Neal Ungerleider, in Fast Company, on New York City’s attempts to combat poor nutrition among the poor living in food deserts
4. “I can envision creating a superhero designation around protecting peers from bullying, which might become a source of pride among some of the most imposing children.”
—Author Adam Grant, in a conversation on the Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo blog, about the power of giving and what it means for classroom management
5. “Crouch wins a lot of praise here for helping create safe zones like this and for brokering several treaties between warring gangs recently.”
—Kirk Siegler, of NPR’s Code Switch, on subsiding crime in parts of Los Angeles
6. “In the next three months the same hospital had two more teenage boys show up coughing. They, too, eventually confessed to inhaling blowgun darts.”
—Nancy Shute, of NPR’s Shots blog, on informing teenagers about the right way to use a blowgun, if they really have to, which they don’t, if we’re being frank.
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A version of this news article first appeared in the Rules for Engagement blog.