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December 14, 2012

Cafeteria food only meal for some

NORMAN — Question: My parents only give me enough money to eat lunch at school every day instead of going out with my friends, but I find the food to be not very good. Why can’t better food be served?

— Cameron

Dear Cameron:

School cafeterias are under the watchful eye of the state and federal governments, and certain requirements of nutrition have to be met.

We know it’s not your typical fast food, but most school districts now have more than enough choices.

Of course it’s not a home-cooked meal like your mom or grandmother would fix, but they also don’t prepare food for hundreds of kids each day.

You need to understand that many students don’t get another meal after they get home each day, and they may not get anything to eat on the weekends because of their economic situation.

Please be thankful for what you have and try to change your mind set about school cafeteria food.

Question:Why is Algebra such an important subject, and why we do have to pass a test in it to graduate from high school?

— Dillon

Dear Dillon:

Even though you may never use an x + y equation again, you are gaining valuable problem-solving skills you will use for the rest of your life.

Neither of us are math wizards — that side of our brains doesn’t exist!

Since math isn’t our forte, we strongly urge you to pay attention in class, ask questions when needed, and seek outside tutoring.

So much is now free!

For example, there is tutoring available at the Public Library, so you can call for information.

There are also math tutors online, or you might even ask your teacher to help you before or after school.

As far as the end-of-instruction test to which you are referring, no school district would want to send you out into the world without knowing they did the job they were supposed to do with regard to math and English reading and writing skills.

Believe it or not, this isn’t a choice the districts have - it’s state law.

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