What's the problem?
- Black lives matter? NOPE.
- Minority unemployment rate? NOPE.
- Poor quality of life and city services? NOPE.
- Impeach Mayor Rahm Emanuel? NOPE.
- Quality of school lunches? BINGO!
It seems that the ~880 students are sick and tired of the lousy lunches being dished up care of the Food Police (care of the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Education, Health/Human Services) and contracted through Aramark, the company Chicago Public Schools hired to serve meals at all of its schools.
The boycott was Meegan's idea...a Civics project aimed at improving the school's lunch program.
The students found that, if they boycotted lunch, that Aramark wouldn't get paid, and they saw that as a means of forcing the company and Chicago Public Schools to provide higher quality food.
So far, so good. It's all about "empowerment" and civic "engagement." Meegan said:
There's a host of things that kids are learning, in terms of how difficult it is to pull people together under one cause, the level of organization it takes, how to use the media to get your message out.
Students are also learning about what Meegan called "underhanded tactics." For example, Meegan noted:
On Friday, we found that Aramark had shipped in premium produce for the lunch line, in order to try and dissuade kids from boycotting.
Yep, it's true!
For example, were The Motley Monk to attempt to dissuade those students, he'd have each student order personal pan Gino's East pizza along with all of the brand of pop ("soda" for those outside of Chicago) the student wanted. For dessert, how about a double-sized piece (or double slice) of the Eli's cheesecake of one's choice?
But, the Food Police disallow all of that...every tasty morsel.
As a former Civics teacher, The Motley Monk offers Mr. Meegan an idea to improve this learning experience for his students: Have them protest out front of Roosevelt High School with placards demanding the kind of meal choices the President's two daughters get at Sidwell Friends School.
Let the discussion begin...
To read the CBS-Chicago report, click on the following link:
To check out the students' complaints about food at Roosevelt High School, click on the following link:
To check out the lunch program at Sidwell Friends School, click on the following link:
* A "tip of the hat" to Second City for the lead.