Tuesday, February 21, 2012
It's too soon to tell whether the switch to healthier food in school cafeterias -- and in school vending machines -- has had a discernible effect on childhood obesity in New York City. But now the Obama administration seems to be following in New York's footsteps and is considering imposing similar vending machine rules on all the nation's schools, The New York Times reports on Tuesday.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Across the country, recent studies have shown childhood obesity rates remaining flat or slightly increasing. But the number of obese New York City schoolchildren had fallen by 5.5 percent over five years, city and federal officials said, heralding a glimmer of optimism about one of the country’s intractable health scourges.
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
A new study raises fresh questions about a familiar issue: Are we giving top students short shrift? Yes, it is the old debate over tracking, and in light of the study's finding that top students "struggle to maintain their elite performance over the years," Room for Debate asks six experts their opinions. Surprisingly, given the ferocity and length of the educational battle, most of them favor some differentiated learning, but with caveats and twists.
Monday, October 03, 2011
By Winnie Hu
In the two years since outlawing most bake sales, New York City’s Education Department has purged vending machines in its school buildings of the worst junk food and, in a pilot program, stocked 14 of them with real fruits and vegetables.