Torn up about reading

I’m not sure how to process this article– is it better for teachers to let kids read whatever they’d like, or should teachers influence learning by enforcing the standard classics? Does creating a lifelong reading habit matter more than instilling a sense of quality?
George W. Bush’s assistant education secretary asks what child would voluntarily read Moby Dick… which I agree is beyond the comprehension of the teenage mind. But there are shelves full of wonderful stories that lay the groundwork for a deeper appreciation of language that children should be made aware of. If left simply to pillage their parents’ shelves, they might come up empty or with brain rot like James Patterson.

The end of overeating

177 pages of nonsense before this book gets interesting; I heard a couple of interviews with Kessler with interesting information that I knew had to be somewhere in this book, and voila, it’s in the last section, the Theory of Treatment.
Just to summarize the first 177 pages, Americans eat a hell of a lot of bad stuff. The food industry is geared to give us what is profitable, e.g. sugar/fat/salt. And they like to build products that don’t require much chewing, just guzzle down easily.
So how do you break the cue-urge-reward habit of conditioned hypereating?
* Awareness – you have a split second to decide, but you still hold the power in that moment. You can walk away from the piece of cake or candy aisle, or you can give in. You’re still in control here. Be conscious.
* Engage in a competing behavior. If you normally walk into the kitchen upon getting home, change your routine not to go in there. Don’t drive by fast food joints that you are unable to resist. Be prepared with an alternate behavior.
* Formulating alternative thoughts– know what the result is of your decision. Size 12 anyone?

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