Should teachers have authority to Tell your kids what to eat? and become Vegan???

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Registered: 10-20-2011
Should teachers have authority to Tell your kids what to eat? and become Vegan???
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Thu, 10-20-2011 - 3:40pm

I am not a mother, but a guardian of a 15 year old girl, recently her teacher whom is a vegan, showed them videos, and images of animals dying, and told her that milk is pus from the cow, and all kinds of thinks that now she only wants to eat is rice?? I am really concerned, because she is only a teenager, and as far as i know she needs to eat healthy in order to continue growing and not get sick, I dont know what to do, or whom to speak to, is it really allowed for teachers to do this??

Please Advice

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Registered: 07-30-1997

I'd go to the principal or school counselor and see what they can do, and also maybe to her pediatrician to give her proper guidance on nutrition - just one thing isn't adequate, regardless of what it is. Good luck - definitely not something a teacher should be doing to impressionable kids! ETA I do agree with talking to the teacher first to see what the context was and if it was interpreted right.

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Registered: 05-13-1998

It depends on the context. I don't have any issue with frank discussions on what we eat. Meat is animal and animals die in the process. Animal farms and slaughterhouse conditions can be pretty horrific and I don't think it's innapropriate for a 15-year-old to fully understand the processing of the food they ingest. At that age, they have already learned of war, slavery and the holicaust which is far more disturbing to most kids.

I would certainly have a problem with innacurate information. Milk is not cow pus. It's their breast milk made for their babies. I'd take issue if this were not in line with the class.... like if this were her English teacher or something. It's not appropriate for the teacher to pass judgement but in the right context, discussion of what foods are, where food comes from and the environmental price we pay for it is appropriate. I'd

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Registered: 12-03-1999

Well, first I would want to know the context in which this information was given.

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Registered: 05-27-1998

I'd just ignore the teacher and focus on getting your 15 year old the facts about how to have a healthy vegan or vegetarian diet. The effects of one gross-out class are likely to be short-lived, but if she decides to be vegetarian, she can certainly be a healthy one.

I remember reading Upton Sinclair's The Jungle in 11th grade and going veg for about a month; it was years and years before I ate sausage, though.

I frequently go for weeks without serving meat to my family. My dd is a vegetarian and is perfectly healthy. The rest of us eat mostly vegetarian meals. The main thing is to honor her food choices (because eating is one battle you don't want with a girl this age) and help her to make healthy meatless choices.

If the teacher continues to be pushy, then talk to the headmaster/principal of the school, but if it was just one video, I wouldn't worry about it. DD once had a substitute teacher stop a film they were watching on global warming, announce to the class, "This is all a bunch of LIES." The kids kind of laughed and started arguing, then DD said, "we're not going to solve this today. Can we just watch the movie our teacher gave you to show us?" That was it. AFAIK, no parent called to complain.

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Registered: 12-03-1999

As you found, teachers frequently teach things from their own point of view.

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Registered: 01-21-2008
First I'm curious as to what kind of school this is and in what country. As far as I know, this would be a highly inappropriate form of teaching in any U.S. Public school. Notice I specify U.S. and Public.
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Registered: 12-03-1999

Since the original poster could barely articulate what her child had been told, we have NO idea what EXACTLY was taught, in what context or in what class.

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Registered: 04-16-2009
The problem is we don't know in what context the video(s)? were shown. But I having a difficult time,based on what my kids were learning at age 15 in school, where such a lesson would fit in. The school must have a curriculum. I would ask how does this lesson fit into the curriculum. Did she show video(s) of all aspects of the production of meat produces for human consumption? Did she discuss the use of pesticides in our food production? Was this video in context of an discussion on climate change? What was the point of her lesson? Was she showing the kids how animals are slaughtered and hence trying to raise their social awareness to improve conditions? Or is eating meat "evil" to her,no matter how the animal is processed? I would also ask if she taught the importance of a balanced diet; that human beings are omnivores It is part of our biological make up. ( It is, of course very possible, to eat a balanced diet as a vegetarian but it takes planning and thought. You just don't stop eating your hamburger one day. )