The new Howard County Executive spoke a lot during his campaign about "24/7 education". Sadly, Allan Kittleman has yet to articulate what exactly this means, except that he cares about our kids succeeding and closing achievement gaps and such. Therefore, like so many other things, it's up to the audience to figure out what his actualy policy is or will be.
And for me, I've searched high and low to find something that makes sense. Until I came to... this. It's an article written in the magazine of the Council on State Governments by Minnesota State Representative Kim Norton.
In this article she very clearly draws the line between socioeconomic standing, good nutrition, academic achievement, productivity, and prosperity. And guess what? The key items here are healthy food and sound opportunity. As in the availability of both.
Those who just look at free and reduced meal percentages look at a small part of the picture. There is also nutrition education (reading this, Allan?) and expanding education as to healthy food choices and the public's access to healthy food. The article talks about the correlation to cheap, unhealthy food and poor economic outcomes.
The unavoidable fact here is that healthy food matters. And here in the Hoco, as Allan Kittleman pledges to balance his lifting of the restrictions on sugary food and drink on county property, he would do well to model the policy he promises to put forth-- which is also a component of his "Education 24/7 policy"-- on this outstanding model.
December 9 is National Pastry Day! When is National Baby Carrot Day?
Let's be careful out there.
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