Like the old joke about restaurant complaints (â€śThe food is awful, and the portions are so small!â€ť), kids across the country are complaining their school lunches have too many fruits and vegetables, and theyâ€™re leaving lunch hungry.
Remember those 20 days in 1981 when the Department of Agriculture considered making ketchup a vegetable in school lunches to help save money? Â Those days are long gone. Â With childhood obesity on the rise, the school lunch program is getting a makeover once again.
Classrooms in New Franklin, Mo. got a visit from members of the U.S. Department of Education. Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement Jim Shelton, who wanted a firsthand look at the eMINTS approach to education.
eMINTS (enhancing Missouriâ€™s Instructional Networked Teaching Strategies) is a professional development program created by the University of Missouri. The New Franklin School District implemented the eMINTS program about 10 years ago. It promotes inquiry-based learning as well as an increased focus on using technology.
KBIAâ€™s Darren Hellwege was surprised by New Franklin. He went out expecting to meet older folks and talk about the townâ€™s interesting history, and the story of how it went from being â€śFranklinâ€ť on the river to â€śNew Franklinâ€ť up the hill following a devastating flood.