It must seem a contradiction to a lot of students who are told in their health and effective living classes to try to maintain a well-balanced and nutritious diet. These same students rush outdoors for a snack break or lunch, and what do they find?--vending machines tempting them with a variety of junk food geared to hype them up and bring in a fast buck.
The school profits from these sales, and cries from parents are ignored. It is a shame that the schools must take a detour from education and become a fast-food business.
At some schools where junk food is banned, teachers have reported an improvement in student behavior and attention span. Perhaps other schools should conduct similar informal surveys to see if this positive change holds true.
GERALD P. LUNDERVILLE
Lunderville is a teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach.