Today we followed up with TED Talks videos, or excerpts of them, interspersed with discussion about the key points of the talks. Again, conversations took many directions, and again I let the students lead the direction of the discussion. We had to watch the Dean Ornish twice because he spoke so quickly. One student said "I'd hate to have to do a 500 by 500 punnett square" and there were some titters at some points, but the ensuing discussion was productive. These are the TED videos we watched, the first one in it's entirety and the others I chose excerpts from:
- Gene's Are Not Your Fate, by Dean Ornish.
- School Lunches, by Ann Cooper.
- Teach Every Child About Food, by Jamie Oliver.
My hope is that they are haunted by these ideas and explore them more, make even small changes in their diet and exercise habits. At the end of one class a student came to me and asked where you get organic beef because he had not seen any at the market his family used; I was able to tell him about a local farm that raised and sold their own beef.
One step at a time. Pitch, power, trim, patience.
I can't wait to share an article from Popular Science (November 2009) called "Toxic Avengers".