America Isn’t the Best at Everything?


There are a plethora of countries that have surpassed the United States in a variety of fields because some of the alternative methods that these countries have chosen in order to resolve or enhance their society and culture. I have chosen to spotlight the school lunch program in France and how they offer superb school lunch on a national scale.

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France offers school lunches that offer a well balanced diet with ingredients that don’t have you looking to the dictionary for their definition. The cheese selection alone for these students would trump the variety of meal choices in a typical middle school or high school in the United States. The French take the initiative to teach their students about nutrition and maintaing a well balanced diet at a very young age. This practice enacted by the French creates an environment where obesity levels are at some of their lowest rates in the world. School meals in France offer 3-courses and sometimes 4.

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All I got in my high school was the most overcooked squishy pasta with a lukewarm red sauce, where French students in some of the most impoverished villages have the same caliber of food than the richest communities in France. The tidbit that surprised me the most was that the French do not offer a national school lunch program, yet the United States’ national lunch program are still spending just about the same amount per meal($3.00) as the French, but the food the U.S. schools offer is downright atrocious and unhealthy. The French refuse to even serve the same dish twice in a month at their schools. I think that if the United States could pay more attention to what is being offered to they’re students especially when these students’ brains are still developing. Lunch is even offered as a class in France because they feel that diet is that important because of the connection between mind and body. For the most part French children are eating better than even a college student like myself. These children even have the pleasure of having the food served to them.

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Many Europeans believe that lunch is the most important meal of the day, and as a result the French take it upon themselves to serve their students instead of making them serve themselves.  Although many French schools forbid packed lunches from home which can create opposition due to the fact that some students have diet restrictions because of their religion. A typical French school lunch would be composed of a salad, choice of meat and veggies on the side, a cheese dish, and a dessert.

How can the United States do so little to help their aspiring students to eat healthier? We need reform for the school lunch program in the United States thats the main issue. The United States government needs to take greater action to educate students about why a well balanced diet is essential to healthy living.


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