What Does the Mediterranean Diet Tell Us About School Reform?
In an article on the Washington Post's Answer Sheet blog, author Martin Blank shares his belief that diet research shows us how education reform needs to be more broadly focused. "A Mediterranean diet, like educating our children," he says, "is like a black box in which a number of ingredients—together—are needed to achieve the desired outcomes."
Blank further outlines how this diet research and different way of thinking would require education reformers to look at how inside-the-school factors—such as improved standards and assessments—and those outside the school—such as health and extracurricular activities—affect the overall success of our children.
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The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that brings together leaders of various sectors of education, workforce development, and systems that serve children and youth to build partnerships that tackle challenges and leverage resources to foster reform. IEL's work focuses on multiple factors—both in-school and nonschool factors—that influence child and youth outcomes. The Coalition for Community Schools is an alliance of national, state, and local community organizations—housed at the Institute for Educational Leadership—that work in K–16 education, youth development, community planning and development, family support, health and human services, government, and philanthropy. The coalition envisions a future in which schools are centers of thriving communities where everyone belongs, works together, and succeeds.