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Of Gawker, Mountain Dew & standardized testing in Florida

Of Gawker, Mountain Dew & standardized testing in Florida
Test prep now devoid of sugary soda in one Florida elementary school

Saw this tweet cross the transom today via Gawker:

Which sounds all well and good until you uncover the terrifying details of the practice, namely that these test-ready children at Creel Elementary School in Melbourne, Fla. were plied with three tablespoons of Mountain Dew and trail mix to get ready for the big event.

Three tablespoons. A full can? That I could get self-righteous about. Three tablespoons equals a mild yawn.

But good for you, Creel Elementary. There are better options -- like water -- as Principal Kathryn Eward now recognizes. Perhaps it's worth looking at that trail mix too, perhaps rife with its own added sugars.

The demonization of soda is a thing to behold, with marketing campaigns, soda taxes, and declining sales aplenty for this once hallowed beverage category. Will we miss it when it's gone?

Let's give the last word to Principal Eward, as reported by Mackenzie Ryan at Florida Today:

'We don't think we were giving them enough to really get into' negative impacts of sugar highs and lows, Eward said. 'We've done it for years. The kids look forward to the treats.'

With thanks to @RichieRobbins for the tip.

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