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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2007 9:55 am 

Joined: Mon Jan 22, 2007 3:36 pm
Posts: 58
Location: Hudson Valley, NY
When you first posted that response that she sent about altering the article, I couldn't find anything different. Now it looks like she just took out the one sentence about the annoyance of memorizing kids' needs...

I truly think she needs to do quite a bit more editing...and take out all references to food allergies (peanuts, shellfish)!

Kate - born 11*17*2005 - allergic to eggs, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, dust mites
Amanda - born 5*31*2008 - dairy sensitivity
Mom - dyshidrotic eczema, teenage-onset allergy to fish, but skin tests are now oral challenge.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2007 12:44 am 

Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2005 6:53 pm
Posts: 1454
Location: Canada
I find it disheartening when academics perpetrate stereotypes unthinkingly when they are fighting for social justice in another area. It astonishes me that someone who is a researcher, writer, and an *educator* would publish something like that in a public forum without researching what it really means to have allergies or celiac disease. (Okay, well, I'm not so naive and idealistic anymore to be "astonished." Disappointed I guess I should say.)

That having been said, it is good of her to listen to peoples' criticisms and to try to edit out some of the more objectionable parts of her article. I suspect that she still doesn't "get it," however, seeing as the article didn't get a more thorough edit. (Besides, she really shouldn't be passing judgement on what parents choose to feed their kids--whether it be for religious, cultural, ethical, or health reasons. Anyhow, I'd be far more concerned as a teacher about a kid who had a steady diet of soda pop and french fries.) Where are all these elementary school kids who are scrutinizing nutrition labels? I have the impression that parents who restrict their kids' intake of fast and sugary foods are facing an uphill battle . . . I *haven't* heard of any cases of elementary kids passing judgement on their teachers for eating too many donuts. Maybe she is thinking more of her own university students here. I'm betting there wasn't a whole lot of field research that went into this article. :roll:

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