Do Students Eat Like Prisoners?

Good Magazine looks at the similarity between prison meals and children’s school cafeteria food — both rich in starch-y/milk-y goodness, and costing around $2.65 per day to provide. It should also be pointed out that both children and prisoners are daily confined to small spaces and given little opportunity to burn off these massive calorie counts. I suppose school is intended to be practice for where the kids will eventually end up?

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  • http://profiles.google.com/saintzedofourlostyouth R Z

    why yes, yes they do. should that be surprising? there has been a heavy push for privatisation of the public school system which parallels the trend of prison privatisation. they want us all to be free labour for the corps and oligarchs. why else would they train us to be docile, rote learning, faux-news watching – no critical thinking- lack of historical/global contexts good little citizens who may or may not show every 4 years.
    democracy? i think not.

  • Jin The Ninja

    why yes, yes they do. should that be surprising? there has been a heavy push for privatisation of the public school system which parallels the trend of prison privatisation. they want us all to be free labour for the corps and oligarchs. why else would they train us to be docile, rote learning, faux-news watching – no critical thinking- lack of historical/global contexts good little citizens who may or may not show every 4 years.
    democracy? i think not.

  • K P G

    i go to a private university that costs +$40,000 per year and they subcontract their dining services to a company contracted almost entirely of prisons.. so yes we do ha

  • K P G

    i go to a private university that costs +$40,000 per year and they subcontract their dining services to a company contracted almost entirely of prisons.. so yes we do ha

  • Anonymous

    One side of the question is if we’re not treating the students well enough, but the other side of the question is if we’re treating the prisoners too well. That prison meal actually looks healthier than what the students are getting.

  • SF2K01

    One side of the question is if we’re not treating the students well enough, but the other side of the question is if we’re treating the prisoners too well. That prison meal actually looks healthier than what the students are getting.

    • Godozo

       I was thinking along those same lines – that the prison lunch looked better than the school lunch.

      And I believe the answer is that we’re treating our kids like shit. Yet another reason to home school your kids….

      • E.B. Wolf

        …or at least send them with food from home. 

    • rtb61

       Of course. What you want to do is really brutalise your prisoner, really drive them round the edge. So when they come up, they will be as brutal as we possible can make them. Kill the witnesses, major shoot outs with cops, a complete a utter hatred and disregard for human society.
      Yep, you right wing knee jerk idiots are really winning with that 70% recidivism rate, 70% more victims, hurrah. Now if we could only get the criminals to attack the right wingers that support prison brutalisation and homosexual rape, instead of the whole general population.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

     Hell…in all too many cases both schools and prisons purchase their bulk foods from the same low end providers…companies that specialize in cheaply packaging large amounts of extremely low quality food for feeding large daily populations in institutions. The savings aren’t even that great…especially considering the garbage you get for that little money. I can grasp most peoples desire to be tightwads when it comes to feeding prisoners…even if I disagree on principle…but when it comes to kids??? Anyone who thinks shoveling grunge into kids who need real nutrition is a ‘cost effective’ idea…should have their teeth kicked in…then live on a diet of the crap they imagine is suitable for others. 

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

     Hell…in all too many cases both schools and prisons purchase their bulk foods from the same low end providers…companies that specialize in cheaply packaging large amounts of extremely low quality food for feeding large daily populations in institutions. The savings aren’t even that great…especially considering the garbage you get for that little money. I can grasp most peoples desire to be tightwads when it comes to feeding prisoners…even if I disagree on principle…but when it comes to kids??? Anyone who thinks shoveling grunge into kids who need real nutrition is a ‘cost effective’ idea…should have their teeth kicked in…then live on a diet of the crap they imagine is suitable for others. 

  • Anonymous

    I dunno, back in high school I was part of a prison tour, and I can assure you that although many of the sources may be similar and that the nutrition is beyond dubious, school food is at least, taste-wise, far superior.

    There is no question that there exists a strong parallel between prison life and school life for k-12 students. But school lunches always had more variety than the ham sandwich and rock-hard cookie I was served on my prison tour. BTW, for what its worth, Army food is superior to both :)

  • MoralDrift

    I dunno, back in high school I was part of a prison tour, and I can assure you that although many of the sources may be similar and that the nutrition is beyond dubious, school food is at least, taste-wise, far superior.

    There is no question that there exists a strong parallel between prison life and school life for k-12 students. But school lunches always had more variety than the ham sandwich and rock-hard cookie I was served on my prison tour. BTW, for what its worth, Army food is superior to both :)

    • Mr. Coffee

       Army food is actually pretty bad ass

      wait… did i just admit… HIDE HERE THEY COME

      • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

         WARMONGER!

        sorry.. i had to.

    • quartz99

       Not surprising that the school food tasted better. In school you can still (in some places anyway) bring your own lunch. So you make more money off school lunch if the kids think it tastes good. Nothing about nutrition, mind you, just taste.

  • Grooveboss

     the only solution is escape from both 

  • Grooveboss

     the only solution is escape from both 

  • Godozo

     I was thinking along those same lines – that the prison lunch looked better than the school lunch.

    And I believe the answer is that we’re treating our kids like shit. Yet another reason to home school your kids….

  • Crazy Irish Dan .

    I went to LA County Jail a few a few years ago and I was struck by the similarities. The ‘is that ham or turkey’ and cheese sandwich, the mini (and always frozen) juice (I’m SURE there’s a full day of Vitamin C in there somewhere!), and other items were just patently identical to what I’d eaten in Florida public schools growing up. I wonder if the only good slice of ‘pizza’ is the slightly over-done one in the corners…didn’t stay long enough to find out, thankfully. 

  • Crazy Irish Dan .

    I went to LA County Jail a few a few years ago and I was struck by the similarities. The ‘is that ham or turkey’ and cheese sandwich, the mini (and always frozen) juice (I’m SURE there’s a full day of Vitamin C in there somewhere!), and other items were just patently identical to what I’d eaten in Florida public schools growing up. I wonder if the only good slice of ‘pizza’ is the slightly over-done one in the corners…didn’t stay long enough to find out, thankfully. 

  • E.B. Wolf

    …or at least send them with food from home. 

  • E.B. Wolf

    …or at least send them with food from home. 

  • Mr. Coffee

     Wait wait wait wait… They got that much food in school? They told me to beat up a smaller kid if i was still hungry and take his food!

  • Mr. Coffee

     Wait wait wait wait… They got that much food in school? They told me to beat up a smaller kid if i was still hungry and take his food!

  • Mr. Coffee

     Army food is actually pretty bad ass

    wait… did i just admit… HIDE HERE THEY COME

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

     WARMONGER!

    sorry.. i had to.

  • Anonymous

     Not surprising that the school food tasted better. In school you can still (in some places anyway) bring your own lunch. So you make more money off school lunch if the kids think it tastes good. Nothing about nutrition, mind you, just taste.

  • Anonymous

     Of course. What you want to do is really brutalise your prisoner, really drive them round the edge. So when they come up, they will be as brutal as we possible can make them. Kill the witnesses, major shoot outs with cops, a complete a utter hatred and disregard for human society.
    Yep, you right wing knee jerk idiots are really winning with that 70% recidivism rate, 70% more victims, hurrah. Now if we could only get the criminals to attack the right wingers that support prison brutalisation and homosexual rape, instead of the whole general population.

  • Grooveboss

     most schools are part time prisons. 

  • Grooveboss

     most schools are part time prisons. 

  • Miss Hartigan

    not only lunches are similar.  Much of the behavior structure is similar in both places.

  • Miss Hartigan

    not only lunches are similar.  Much of the behavior structure is similar in both places.