Even though I sat at their same table, I just couldn't give up on them. Those kids needed someone, and I refused to allow myself to be discouraged. I refused to allow my advocacy to waiver. I refused to stop and lick my wounds. I tried my damnedest to give a voice to those voiceless children. I kept fighting, kept moving, and was never out of the fight -- just as the Army trained me.
I'll say one thing for Parker's world view: it's certainly seductive in its simplicity. Instead of having to attack the multiple root causes of two entrenched societal ills, childhood obesity and childhood hunger, we just have to do one thing -- roll back the clock to upper middle class suburbia, circa 1955.
Many policymakers and education and anti-poverty advocates overlook a growing body of research demonstrating the devastating toll hunger takes on every aspect of learning. Just ask Maryland Principal Sean McElheney who learned that hunger, not apathy, was the reason for a student writing "I Don't Care" in a standardized test.