I followed a link to a National Geographic article about "the new face of hunger" in the US. I only read a few paragraphs, because of my mounting irritation -- this time, not at our broken system that gives billions to profitable businesses but shorts programs that help the working poor -- but to the state of ignorance in this country when it comes to food savvy and making the most of our dollars.
I noticed a similar situation when a friend was having financial problems years ago -- she and her husband both had full-time, decent-paying jobs, but were facing bankruptcy. They had NO idea how to handle what they had.
"Hungry" children don't refuse food -- the child in the article who DID was obviously not HUNGRY.
It's an insult to STARVING people to call these brats "hungry." Conversely, it's an insult to the hard-working poor to cut off the assistance which is making it possible for them the scrape by. Hand-me-downs can be deceptive. Poor children receive gifts too.
People who "know how to be poor," i.e. to MANAGE on a small budget, don't buy Coke, fruit roll-ups, and other snack foods, and they don't let their kids take one bite out of an apple then set it aside ... like my friends did.
The malnourishment of "poor" Americans has a distinct air of spoiled children refusing to settle for second-best. THIS IS NOT TO SAY THERE ARE NOT TRULY IMPOVERISHED AND STARVING PEOPLE HERE ... but the families of four unable to feed themselves on twice the minimum wage (as in the NG article) are squandering their resources, not using their brains.
It really seems to be time to restore life-skill-teaching in schools. Do any of us recall details of our "social studies" classes even a year after learning them (so we could regurgitate them on a state-mandated test)? What would happen if we compressed classes to contain more essential quantities of things a modern human NEEDS to know, and leave unimportant minutia behind?
I'm reminded of that '60s classic movie, "To Sir With Love" with sadness -- what Poitier's character did would never be allowed today. However, that sort of class would provide benefits to all society, not just help the students deal with the real world when they have no choice but to face it.