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News - October 14, 2011

'Tasting Week' aims to get kids beyond pizza

Top chefs will visit Palo Alto schools in adaptation of French tradition

by Chris Kenrick

Borrowing from a French tradition, students in five Palo Alto schools next week will mark "Tasting Week," with cooking demonstrations and top chefs visiting their classrooms.

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Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly.com.


Posted by Keep-Social-Engineering-Out-Of-The-Schools
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 14, 2011 at 8:59 am

> Scholl-Barbier sees Tasting Week as a chance to make food
> "a positive, exploratory experience -- a discovery where a
> child will actually become more curious."

Isn't this the role of every child's parents, starting from Day.1?

The subtext that the public school system (ie -- the government) should now become "in loco parentis" in all things seems to be less of a subtext and more of a general theme, year after year in the US, and particularly in the Nanny-State of California.

> Parents and educators have a responsibility to get
> kids to "eat outside the box," said Ayers

Clearly an example of the corrosive thinking of social engineering that insinuates unionized government employees in our lives. Moreover, what makes "educators" (from first grade teachers and up) "experts" on what constitutes "good food"?

> Teachers who volunteered were asked to integrate
> the chefs into their curricula.

It's one thing to perhaps offer access to the school grounds for demonstrations at night, or on the weekends, but this "integration" of social engineering dogma should be frightening to everyone.

Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 14, 2011 at 9:17 am

What a great idea. Can parents come too?

I love new foods but sometimes it is difficult to order something new in case I don't like it and it is a bit of a waste - kids too.
But with just a taste, if the flavor is not to my liking I can always try something else and see if that suits me better.

This is real education. Great.

Posted by SupportIt
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 14, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Social Engineering? Lol! I, for one, am not going to fear an A-Z salad cart. This is just one week where taste is explored as a learning tool. I think it's a wonderful way for kids to discover new health options and even gain a deeper understanding of other cultures through food. Hats off to Ms. Scholl-Barbier and the other parents for organizing this fun and adventurous week in the Palo Alto schools.

Posted by RussianMom
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 16, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Bravo, what a great idea! What grades?

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