Sugar in the Classroom
This was posted on the schools forum, but we thought this discussion would appeal to the broader community. A reader writes:
I am new to the PPS system and would like to hear from parents regarding sugar and media in their school. My family moved here recently and my daughter entered a class where the teacher uses the "candy-reward" system. I was not familiar with the system as my daughter came from a Waldorf school so we were a bit taken back. My understanding is that many teachers use treats, specifically to reward and motivate children. To add more salt to the wound, the teacher also uses movies and many cartoons as a teaching tool.
The last straw happened last week when my daughter came home after watching cartoons and the 3 stooges while doing class work. She said the kids who finished their work could watch the TV, but the others had to keep their head down and do their work. She was upset because it was hard to concentrate with the 3 stooges in the background and many of the children laughing. The teachers response was" well, it's the same as the kids doing homework in front of the TV! I tried to bring this up at a PTA meeting but was told these types of things are not handled by PTA. The teacher and the principal are totally unresponsive and from what I understand, this has been addressed by many parents throughout the years at this particular school.Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I would like to start a campaign to keep sugar out of the classroom, especially for rewards and also to use a movie for educational purposes ONLY!!