Essay on Should Junk Food Be Banned? Schools?

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Source citation: Johnson, Margaret. "Junk Food Should Not Be Banned in Schools." Should Junk Food Be Sold in Schools? Ed. Norah Piehl. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2011. At Issue. Rpt. from "Should Schools Allow the Sale of Junk Food?" NEA Today (Mar. 2002). Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 20 Sept. 2013.

Issue: Should we ban junk food in schools?

Conclusion: The author says that there should be a freedom of choice of dining options. Therefore, junk food should not be banned in schools.

Reasons: 1) Having the option to pick their food helps students to get a feeling of responsibility and satisfaction. 2) If junk food was banned, students who have diet restrictions would go without eating anything at all. 3) Junk food gives students enough calories to maintain their attention in class. 4) The school organizations profit from selling junk food and have a constant income. 5) Schools are already restricted enough without a ban on junk food. 6) “Junk food provides quick energy, substitutes for a missed meal, and supplements inadequate meals.” 7) Teenagers need snacks in order to stay focused. 8) The caffeine in some junk foods is a better drug for hyperactivity than the actual drugs.


What are some underlying value assumptions of each side of the argument?

The author thinks there should be different choices of food the students can buy. She also thinks that the students should be taught about nutrition and make their own choice on what they want to…

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