Queens Elementary Becomes The Nation’s First Public School To Serve Only Vegetarian Meals

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A preview of days to come in which families will choose between regular and meat-free public schools. The New York Daily News reports:

Public School 244 in Flushing is the first public school in the nation to serve all-vegetarian meals for breakfast and lunch, according to city education officials.

Chefs at the Active Learning Elementary School have swapped chicken, turkey and ham for black beans, tofu and falafel, and kids are digging in with delight. “This is so good!” squealed 9-year-old Marian Satti, devouring her black bean and cheddar cheese quesadilla Tuesday at lunch. “I’m enjoying that it didn’t have a lot of salt in it. ”

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, who often crows about maintaining a fit lifestyle, said the launch of the vegetarian food-fest should be duplicated in schools across the city and country.

PS 244 partnered with nonprofit New York Coalition for Healthy School Food to design recipes for appetizing plant-based grub.

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  • Andrew

    Obama’s Department of Education is trying to turn our children gay!

    • echar

      That is the dumbest shit I have read in awhile.

      • http://artasith-m-nasdsnre.tumblr.com/ Simon Valentine

        humor saturates, helps distinguish what should or should not be accepted in ad hoc social law

        dumb is funny belies that laughing at something done will have a sorting effects on people present
        better that we learn to sort well than to ‘just’ accident all over the place

        • echar

          I fail to recognize the humor in the comment. So I am finding it difficult to understand what you are communicating. Even if the person was trying to be ironic, it’s still really dumb.

          I can imagine a 15 year old being mad that they have to eat greens and calling things gay, Or maybe some ultra masculine dude afraid of appearing weak calling something gay.

          just to be clear, when I say dumb, what I mean is ignorant.

          • Andrew

            Good examples. I was mocking just that kind of ignorance.

          • echar

            Sorry I blew up. Note to self, less red meat.

          • Daniel Gill

            I think I am beginning to see your problem

          • echar

            You’re problem is that you think I have a problem.

          • Daniel Gill

            then get a sense of humour please

        • http://iuwus.deviantart.com/ Threedinium

          I read somewhere also that humour is also something we do to deny emotion. Like laughing about usually inappropriate topics can help us to mature our ideas about them.

          Sorry if I basically reiterated what you said. I have great fun decoding your comments but I think I am insufficiently sophisticated as it stands and miss alot or think the mental associations that spring up were my ideas lol.

          • http://artasith-m-nasdsnre.tumblr.com/ Simon Valentine

            copyleftish lol

      • Andrew

        Thanks! That’s exactly what I was going for!

  • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

    Sounds like Bullshit to me.

    • http://artasith-m-nasdsnre.tumblr.com/ Simon Valentine

      yes i wonder if next there shall be laws barring against “Plants grow from the remains of animals both living an dead.” as a ‘hate speech’ crime’

      doink

      :)_

      • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

        Yeah, I don’t eat vegetarian because I love animals but because I hate plants.

        • http://artasith-m-nasdsnre.tumblr.com/ Simon Valentine

          lol that’s great i’ve not heard it said that way before
          venus fly trap and those stenchy meat carcass smell flowers
          something whimsical in there i’m sure

  • echar

    If I had never tried all raw vegan food, I’d be very critical of this. Having the experience, I can say the food is amazing and I felt great after eating it. I am amazed they have breakfast.

  • emperorreagan

    It’s not a meal if it doesn’t have meat.

  • alizardx

    All the kids are happy with this? No atavistic desire for big chunks of barbecue? Read the original article, there’s a Potemkin Village feel to it, feel like we’re being fed somebody’s Party Line.

    Not impossible that the school managed to change the dietary habits of all its students… but seems unlikely to me to the point where I invite anyone who lives around that part of NY to do some personal research.

    • godozo

      I remember when I noticed that the school district I went to allowed people to order salads instead of what they were serving up for the day. This was about the time when the school district started serving up versions of hamburger three days a week, so guess who started eating a lot of Salads.

      So I could see the kids getting into it. Not sure they’d talk about stuff being without salt, though….

  • Chaos_Dynamics

    Good for them.

    A quite diverse student body is observable with stats supporting.

    Possible Questions:

    Is any produce coming from local organic farmers or growers?

    Perhaps students are growing their own with garden pods on rooftops or an open lightway?

    Do they take their excellent meals to the nearest park and enjoy in the midst of nature?

    This school appears to utilize the Active Learning Method as a basis so the framework may be thus:

    Wiki: To learn, students must do more than just listen: They must read, write, discuss, or be engaged in solving problems. In particular, students must engage in such higher-order thinking tasks as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.

    This of course is all taking place within the confine of an institutionalized industrialized educational system and an institutionalized industrialized food production system. Not to mention the school itself is housed in an artifact of a dense industrial era regardless of its modifications.

    Let’s check back in a few years and see how all these kids are doing in health and well being.

    In the meantime there is much work to be done.

  • BuzzCoastin

    Are they gonna take the bullshit out of the curriculum next?

    substituting industrial veggies for industrial meat
    isn’t really helping anyone
    and by keeping the same school curriculum
    nothing really improves except the image of school

    • davakins

      yeah, makes healthy idiots

      • BuzzCoastin

        the industrial processed GMO veggies
        wont make them healthy
        just helps makes them idiots

  • Dingbert

    It’s nice that it’s healthy and accommodates the many who must often abstain for religious reasons. But why not just say, “Vegetables are cheaper and easier to prepare”? Otherwise you just excite all these people who believe government meat is a Constitutional right. Also, Government Meat is a good name for a band.

  • Grey Knight

    Incredible. I call vegans fairies, and my comment gets deleted. Matt, stop being such a vegan.

    In any case a Vegetarian lifestyle is probably a good thing for our health. Just in terms of sustainability, factory farmed meat needs to go.

    • Daniel Gill

      Unless you’re willing to eat bugs it is nothing but bad for your health

      Oh… oh you’re not willing to eat bugs?

      see what I did there?

      • Grey Knight

        Incredible. I try to reach out to the vegan fairies, and this is what I get as a response.

  • davakins

    spam

  • geminihigh

    I’d be all for it considering the Ellios knock off, green tipped “pizza”, grease ball tater tots, and the nasty PB&J’s we got in grade school. The quality, nutritional value, and flavor were all non-existent in what the passed off as food. So thankful to have a family who provided me with healthy food, then taught me how to take car of myself. Processed meats aren’t good by any means, but having kids go vegetarian isn’t a good idea either. Children’s brains and body need proteins that most vegetables can’t provide in sufficient quantities. I think it will ultimately harm the development of some children if they don’t have some meat in their diets. If you look at vegan kids (and actually most adults), why are their eyes sunken in their skulls, have a ghoulish pallor, and their immune systems are shot? The only healthy looking vegans I have seen already had a light complexion to begin with, so it was hard to tell. Sure, there are a few vegan/vegetarian body builders out there, but few and far between. Human beings have canine teeth for a reason, and no, its because of our macrobiotic development of an age past, as some vegan apologists quickly and nervously claim. The human brain grew 6 times its size after the last great ice age… why? Because plenty of protein filled meat was available. Vegetables alone could never have done this. Its a fine diet for yogi’s, but it is not in accordance with human nature or human evolution. Do what thou will, but realize that Veganism and Deep Ecology are connected

  • Daniel Gill

    I wouldn’t allow my kids to attend school there