peanut allergies. They're ruining schools. Legitly, they are. Vermont has these damn laws requiring schools to provide kids with allergies a safe learning environment. All right, that's fine, everybody wants that right? Well basically, the parents of these kids with allergies are basically trying to dicate policy. They act like nut nazis. Legitly they are. There's this one woman that got nuts COMPLETELY banned from a pre-k to 6 school. It was even so bad that they banned moisturizers and most outside foods from the school. Then the fucking kid comes to my highschool. Out of all the god damn highschools in the region (the kid can pick to go to any school he wants. Including private), he chooses me school. Right, so being considerate of him is fine with me. It should be that way with everyone.
But food is banned in my school. In the halls and in the classrooms. We have "designated" eating areas. The lunch room, the senior room and senior eating area. It's even banned in my locker. My school's trying to be considerate of everybody and they've been doing a good job. But after school, I have no where to eat. I refuse to eat outside, it's snowing. Cheerleaders use the multipurpose room to practice. The Home-Ec room is off limits after school. The designated areas are barred from use. The senior room is off limits. Where the fuck do I eat? It's after 3:00, I stay 'till 5:00 because of running and drama.
Then middle school field trips (the god damn nut nazi is in middle school too. Fucking bullshit, right?) have to have school made lunches. I don't eat meat. I need protein. At least my half my food intake is either local or organic foods. I don't eat iceberg lettuce (I find it vile). What would they going to feed me, milk?
Then I find that teaching works extremely well with food. It's engaging, it's tasty (most of the time), it's worldly and it's a good way to relax. How many kids have tried eating dolmas, dai fuku, naan, almond milk or rice milk? How many kids have actually tasted mate, rooibos or pu-er?
Then a phenylketonuric is coming to my school fairly soon (can't consume phenylalanine, an amino acid found in mammalian milk and aspartic acid among other things). My school is getting crappy.