Peter Greene: Food Is Overrated

Diane Ravitch's blog

As the previous post noted, the Trump administration wants to eliminate the after school program, because it doesn’t raise test scores. Budget director Mick Mulvaney said the same thing about feeding children: it doesn’t raise their test scores, so why pay for it?
Peter Greene was appalled. Is that the reason we feed children? To raise their test scores?

“Well, we’ve all seen it by now:

“There is no evidence that food helps raise test scores….

“Reformsters, this is at least partly on you. This is the logical extension of the idea that only hard “evidence” matters, and only if it is evidence that test scores go up. We’ve dumped play, understanding of child development, and a whole bunch of not-reading-and-math classes because nobody can prove they help raise test scores to the satisfaction of various reformsters. It was only a matter of time until some literal-minded shallow-thinking functionary…

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