Sixth graders: Give us time to eat at school

  • Article by: TALIA BRADLEY and ANTONIA RITTER
  • Updated: April 17, 2012 - 8:14 PM

We hate to eat and run -- but as students, we have to at school.

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zpgabmomApr. 17, 12 8:35 PM

Thank you for writing this. This is absolutely true. I am a parent and have been saying this for years.

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smishaApr. 17, 12 8:47 PM

We're not in the Mpls. district - but this is so true. I started sending a bag lunch with my son so he could bring home whatever he didn't have time to eat at lunch. I couldn't justify him buying a lunch that he wouldn't have time to eat.

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buzzard23Apr. 17, 12 8:52 PM

Great and well-written article by these students! Sadly, the lesson they will ultimately learn is that school is not about them, it is about the adults.

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davehougApr. 17, 12 8:53 PM

This is a well-reasoned thoughtful article. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

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swmnguyApr. 17, 12 9:17 PM

Excellent article. Very true as well. It's ridiculous to only allow 10-15 minutes for lunch. Everything has been shortened or eliminated to make sure staff don't work 40 hours in a week, and to allow the buses to run 3 routes each morning and afternoon. When I was a kid we were in school from 8:05 AM - 3:45 PM, and we had nearly an hour for lunch and getting a mental break. But today budgeting and corporate-style management is more important than actual education.

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props25Apr. 17, 12 9:20 PM

Yes! It is unhealthy to rush the eating process. I stand all the time on the job 7.5 hours on my feet 5days a week (this means no chair in which to sit.) For this I receive the one half hour paid lunch break. We are all used to some stress in our lives but to indoctrinate children without their own disassociation on the matter seems illogical to the child and observers of that patterning of behavior.

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sir_reggieApr. 17, 12 9:34 PM

I am a sixth grade teacher from another state (though I am originally from Minnesota). I think your article was wonderful! I believe that lunch time should be 30 minutes long. Not only does it give time for students to eat, but socialize as this may be the only time during the day that this can happen. Plus, lunch lines can be long in which a student may have to wait for 5-10 minutes to get their food. Unfortuately, districts may feel that longer lunch times means more behavioral problems......or cut into instruction time. Keep fighting the fight. Get a petition going with students and parents, then present it to the district's Board of Education. If you do this, do not bring emotion into it. Treat it as a business decision that would benefit the students and/or the district. And always be respectful during the process. Good luck in your future!

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lateshowwithApr. 17, 12 9:55 PM

This is absolutely true - my MPLS 2nd grader has developed horrible eating habits at home since starting school. I had to tell him FIVE TIMES at dinner last night to slow down. Drives me crazy. I realize they have a lot to cram in each day, but I didn't realize they only get 15 minutes of scheduled eating time. Yikes.

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cavegnApr. 17, 12 9:55 PM

My children also go to a different school district, however they face the same problem. My 6th grade daughter has complained from the first day of school that they are rushed in and then rushed out of the cafeteria. The time is decreased even more if you are unfortunate enough to be at the end of the lunch line. School administrators need to start listening.

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mannyheadApr. 17, 12 9:57 PM

I am a health asst. in a Mpls Public School. With the students who take insulin I sometimes have to write a note to the lunchroom worker and lunchroom staff requesting that the student have enough time to eat everything in their lunch to counteract the insulin they just took. Every day most students don't get to finish their food and those that do cram it in their face so quickly. It's not enough time. It's not healthy.

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