With only three weeks left of our "Rethinking the Food System" project, we have learned an ample amount of information. Since we're still technically in the revision process, we have been altering and expanding most of our documents to fit the goal of our project. The concept of food systems is complex, and our work should reflect that. We can't wait to publish our findings … [Read more...] about Week Seven: Connecting the Dots
Education & Schools
Learning is a natural process that happens in every imaginable setting. Schools are designed, in theory, to promote and enhance learning. Some schools use highly-structured curriculum, while others use a more experiential, democratic, & student-driven approach. In practice, many schools also function to stifle criticism and to instill the values of state policy, religious dogma, or other value systems.
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Now that we're a little over halfway through the "Rethinking the Food System" project, our goals are becoming clearer. This week, we dedicated most of our time to revision. Being an English major, I think revision is the most difficult step in the writing process. Although our project is not formally a writing project, the same mindset applies to its multifaceted revision. With … [Read more...] about Week Six: All About Revision
Now that we're at the halfway point of our project, we can see the end product(s) coming into view. Although our meetings are decreasing each week, we still met with three people this past week. On Monday, we met with Dr. Nishika Vidanage-Lulejian, a public health professor at Cedar Crest College. She also works for the CDC. As expected, Dr. Vidanage-Lulejian explained some … [Read more...] about Week Five: Halfway There!
As the "Rethinking the Food System" project progresses, the trajectory of our outcomes become more apparent. This week, we focused heavily on revising our Wellness Policy Model that we plan to present to schools. The model outlines imperative actions surrounding food and waste reduction that we believe schools can improve on. Our goal is not to demand that schools completely … [Read more...] about Week Four: (Almost) Halfway There
Now that we're in the third week of our "Rethinking the Food System" project, the focus of our work is coming into view. We're realizing that our biggest obstacle will be to encourage schools to change, but we hope to at least rock the boat with our sample wellness policy. Luckily, we had great meetings this week that gave us more than enough inspiration going forward. Our … [Read more...] about Week Three: Rethinking the Food System, One Meeting at a Time
It's now our second week into the food project, and the information just keeps expanding. The amount of resources, people, organizations, readings, and opinions we have acquired this past week is exceptional. I think I speak for everyone on the project when I say that this week has been one big information dump in the best way. Here's a very brief re-cap of the amazing … [Read more...] about Week Two: The Complexity in “Rethinking the Food System”
We're a week into the "Rethinking the Food System" project, and the amount of information and meetings we have lined up is great. Food systems are vast, intersecting, complex, and difficult to revolutionize. For this project, the other interns, Peter, and I are focused on offering more sustainable options to restaurants, schools, and other organizations that would benefit from … [Read more...] about “Rethinking the Food System” Introduction Week
INTERLAKEN, Switzerland, March 20, 2023 —There are multiple, feasible and effective options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to human-caused climate change, and they are available now, said scientists in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released today. “Mainstreaming effective and equitable climate action will not only … [Read more...] about Urgent climate action can secure a liveable future
On February 9, the Reading Eagle reported that the the district's One Book, One School program would be halted because the book, Two Degrees, a novel by Alan Gratz, centers on young people's efforts to deal with climate change. It was encouraging to read that Superintendent Temchatin and several others expressed strong support for the … [Read more...] about Open Letter to Kutztown Area School Board
As we've often indicated on this website, including in the schools section, the US educational system is dragged down by major structural flaws. The extensive use of standardized testing may be the most obvious, but it is only one of several serious problems. Thanks to prominent educator Alfie Kohn, we have a comprehensive look at what needs to be done to develop sound … [Read more...] about Rethinking education & schools