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    Kindergarten EarthWatch Week Brainwashing

    So in my daughter's Kindergarten class at a public school, it is Operation EarthWatch with a theme of Water Conservation. Kids should choose 3 of the following activities to focus on during the week: water use, water-wise fruit and vegetable washing, stream walk along a local stream, water art, creating a circle of nature in your yard and finally meatless meals. I really hate the last one, the others are harmless.

    The materials premise their arguments with the notion that what you eat not only matters for one's own health but the health of the planet and uses wheat farming versus meat production as an example claiming that it requires only 25 gallons of water to produce a pound of wheat but 2500 gallons of water to produce a pound of meat. It says one should try to eat a meatless meal this week like a cheese pizza instead of a pepperoni one or a bean and cheese burrito instead of a beef one.

    I can't stand it.

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    That's nothing. You should see what goes on in California. The whole tofu, whole grains, meatless crap. But worse, the kids can't play tag, or doge ball, or run on the playground and they've removed swings and monkey bars at almost all the public schools. Learning to appreciate water is a good thing. Too bad about the meatless stuff. But, honestly, I don't see how it would be possible for everyone on earth to eat the way we do here at MDA.

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    The American education system exists to indoctrinate not educate
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    Quote Originally Posted by kenn View Post
    The American education system exists to indoctrinate not educate
    Tru Dat +1
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    Quote Originally Posted by kenn View Post
    The American education system exists to indoctrinate not educate
    this!
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    When it rains, grass grows. Cows eat grass. Therefore if we stop eating cows, the rain water will stop making the grass grow.

    Is that the logic they are trying to teach us?

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    They treat water as if it is somehow used up but its not, it just moves from place to place. When growing wheat, much of it would evaporate away, where as beef grazing, water goes into the soil into the grass, into the cow, and cycles back into the soil for the most part. If you measure the water at each step, its a lot, but most of that water was already there.
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    At my son's kindergarten the kids are given these choices for milk: skim (and I heard all the kids say it's the "best" and "healthy" choice when I was subbing the other day), skim chocolate and 1% white. They also are not allowed to use plastic knives until 3rd grade. Yes, I was cutting food for 5 and 6 year olds. It was "too cold" (only 40 degrees, above normal temps for this time of year) for recess and playtime outdoors, in the sunshine and fresh air I might add. Oh, and nearly every kid on Monday chose the "breakfast for lunch" option: a waffle (very oddly yellow and square) with "maple syrup," surely made from HFCS and flavorings and colorings. Nothing resembling what came out of a tree. Two kids chose the cheeseburger, though I am sure it was the world's worst beef. A few even bothered to eat the fruit (apple slices in a bag or a cup of oranges). And not one kid had the student salad. And what is a student salad, a kid cut up and placed on lettuce?

    And this is why my kids usually bring their own lunches from home, and they don't even eat Primal/Paleo most of the time.
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    Yeah, the indoctrination is annoying, but unavoidable if you send them to public school. My son told me the other day we needed to work on making healthier breakfasts. I took offense... our breakfasts always consist of eggs, a small portion of bacon, fruit, and water to drink. I asked him why, and he said it was because the bacon was "greasy." Ugh.

    And I'm absolutely certain that he would behave better at school if he had more recess time to run.

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    I wonder why they don't teach them how much water is contaminated and polluted by industrial fertilizers or how much fuel is used in giant tractors during the growing and production of grains.

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