To understand what too much sugar and not enough sleep might mean for a student’s ability to learn, I turned to the ehow.com: “According to a study published in the Food Nutrition Bulletin, children suffering from poor prenatal nutrition also showed reduced cognitive and motor skills, starting at about 6 months of age. The gap was noticeable at 12 months and began to widen as the children aged. This group of children eventually included an increased number of dropouts.”
Then the CDC reports: “Teenagers and young adults consume more sugar drinks than other age groups.
1. Non-Hispanic black children and adolescents consume more sugar drinks in relation to their overall diet than their Mexican-American counterparts. The high school dropout rate for blacks in 2010 was 8%. The percentages of black adults lacking basic literacy was 24%.
2. Mexican-American adults consume more than non-Hispanic white adults. The high school dropout rate for Hispanics/Latinos was 15.1%. The percentages of adults lacking basic literacy was 44%.
3. For non-Hispanic Whites the high school dropout rate was 5.1%, and the percentage of adults lacking basic literacy was 7%.
4. Low-income persons consume more sugar drinks in relation to their overall diet than those with higher income.
5. The worse years of sugar consumption were ages 12 to 19.
6. Among boys aged 2–19, 70% consume sugar drinks on any given day
Conclusion: If we compare literacy levels and dropout rates to sugar consumption, we find a link. Yet, who is blamed for illiteracy and the dropout rate?
ANSWER: The public schools, teachers and the teacher unions. The parents are seldom if ever blamed and the sugar industry keeps denying the science.
It is obvious that until most children eat a healthy diet and sleep at last nine hours a night, how can any honest, moral person accuse the schools and teachers of failing at their job?
Until America solves this problem so its children eat and drink healthy foods and fluids (think water), teachers cannot be held accountable for children learning. Of course, diet is not the only factor but it is a crucial factor. Sleep plays a factor. Watching too much TV is another link. In addition, being raised by a parent that does not or cannot read also has a big impact.
Meanwhile, too many parents, the media and politicians keep making schools and teachers the scapegoats by preaching the wrong conclusions.
Feeding children and teens processed sugar is child abuse and should be a crime punishable by life in prison with no parole.
Source of dropout rates: National Center for Education Statistics
Source of literacy rates: Education Nation.com
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Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of The Concubine Saga.
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