Saw this tweet cross the transom today via Gawker:
School agrees to stop dosing students with Mountain Dew before standardized tests. http://t.co/qgFDfZEjat— Gawker (@Gawker) April 24, 2014
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.
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.