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Yesterday, the New York Times released a story about Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to ban selling large-sized “sugary drinks” to fight obesity. This plan sounds so ridiculous to me that I’m sure if someone thought hard enough, he/she can come up with a conspiracy theory of government-business complex (though the plan appears to be against big businesses, it will just make the conspiracy theory sound even more fascinating). The reason why I think it’s ridiculous is that this type of plan only remediates the symptoms but not the root of the problem of obesity. The mere presence of junk foods, of which “sugary drinks” are only a small part, does have a role in obesity, but the primary culprit is ignorance and the lack of awareness in both children and adults, including the parents.

Bloomberg’s plan reminds me of a ban that was imposed in my high school during my junior year. In the past, Read the rest of this entry »

Race to Nowhere (2009)

Directed by Vicki Abeles

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The United States is known to have one of the best higher education institutions in the world, and yet its primary and secondary public education systems are in dire conditions. Directed by Vicki Abeles, “Race to Nowhere” is a harsh critique of the American public school system, focusing on the problem of stress. The film argues that students today are subjected to unreasonable amount of homework, unreasonable expectation of students’ academic ability, and unreasonable emphasis on teaching to the tests that, in some cases, has led to suicides of young teenagers. I am very sympathetic to these issues, and therefore it is especially troubling that I do not enjoy the film at all. Read the rest of this entry »