Activity 1 Economics offers students a detailed look at no free lunch policies and how they can be used to their benefit. No Free Lunch is an excellent book that examines many of the popular misconceptions about these policies and provides solutions that are both clever and simple. The book will help you understand the value of this policy and show you how it can benefit society as a whole. In addition, it will show you just why it is so important not to pay for something you are not buying. In essence, it is a call for parents to stand up for their children and demand that schools provide food for free.
Many people feel that no-free lunches offer poor nutrition. However, as the author points out, “The true is that school lunches are designed to serve a purpose – students need healthy, balanced meals in order to meet academic requirements.” She goes on to state, “Students in low-income and minority households that typically go hungry are often those that are most challenged academically.” Further, the policy goes on to note that students often have access to food during the summer months and are therefore able to learn more. Finally, students who have access to free or subsidized lunches have better test scores and perform better in class.
The author provides several recommendations for parents that may be able to help make this activity more feasible. Parents can begin by discussing whether or not their school district currently offers a program. If so, she urges them to speak with the administrators about the possibility of creating one. After all, the economic situation has taken a drastic turn and many schools have been forced to cut programs or even eliminate them altogether. Another good idea is to talk with the school counselor about the possibility of having the activities available for kids to participate in. The counselor may be able to work with parents to create a single activity that can be used throughout the year.
The author makes an interesting comment regarding those who argue that the government should provide free meals for children because they believe such programs increase overall economic performance. She contends that there is no research to support such claims. Further, she notes that such programs would likely increase poverty levels as well. Parents should be careful about how they discuss economics with their children. They should do it in a way that provides positive reinforcement but does not single out any particular group.
Many people believe that a successful society depends upon everyone working together to solve problems and obtain more benefits from the economic activity of the country. According to the author, such a belief is misplaced because although there are a variety of problems that arise within the public school system, there are also numerous benefits that result from a well-rounded educational program. Therefore, it is senseless to focus on eliminating free lunches. She further contends that such action would undermine the ability of minority students to succeed in life. Instead, she advises parents to find creative ways to help their children achieve success.
The book concludes with some recommendations regarding implementation of a no-charge lunch program. Parents should evaluate available options and select the one that will serve their children best. They should also keep in mind that the government pays for the cost of a free lunch. In . . . . . . this way, schools may offer the children food items that are subsidized by the government. However, the parent should check to see how many students will benefit from the program. If the number is not large, it does not make sense to implement such a program.