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Cooking in schools

(article, Kim Carlson)

The BBC announced earlier this week that by the next academic year, cooking classes in schools would become compulsory for children aged 11-14. While it's unclear how thoroughly the initiative will be funded — apparently students are going to be asked to bring in ingredients —  the move is part of the British government's long-term strategy to tackle obesity and improve people's health.

A big question on the minds of Brits is what, exactly, will the students be taught to cook? Apparently the goal is to teach eight dishes over the course of a term (students would attend the class once weekly); the government is taking suggestions for recipes.

There's no shortage of ideas on the Guardian's food blog, where recipes range from the straightforward (peeled carrots cut into sticks and served with salt and lemon juice), to the complex (Roasted Vegetable and Mozzarella Tarts). One parent asks if there will be vegan and vegetarian "lists of eight" as well.

Do you like the idea of compulsory cooking classes for teens? Do you think more schools in the United States should offer such classes?