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Introduction: Everyone may have seen the relaxation of classroom in American schools from movies and TV. They can put their legs on the table or sit on the table … but have you ever heard of the strictness of the canteen? My niece went to the United States to study in high school and returned to China for vacation a year later. I found that the little girl’s “eating style” changed greatly. She took the initiative to go to the kitchen to help and serve food before meals. After dinner, she sat and ate, not only eating all the food in her bowl, but also taking the initiative to clean up the dishes and go to the kitchen to help wash the dishes. I was very surprised because she was not like this before. I was very curious about her change and asked her, “Does your teacher care about your table performance?”

US: Nurturing in Restaurants

US: Nurturing in Restaurants

The niece actually said, “The canteen is much stricter than the classroom!”

As for the looseness of classroom in American schools, everyone may have seen it from movies and TV. They can put their legs on the table or sit on the table … but I’ve never heard of the strictness of the canteen, and I didn’t expect that my little girl who used to eat lazily would be trained to be a lady there.

My niece told me that every class would send a classmate to help the kitchen every day. In this process, students can feel the hard work of the staff and act as supervisors to check whether the calorie, protein, vitamin, fat, carbohydrate and other contents of each food in the three-dollar lunch are consistent with the reference values. Unconsciously, students will learn a lot about nutrition.

Hand washing is especially strict. Students must follow the relevant steps and wash for the required time. The life teacher will be watching and it is said that there is also a camera to monitor the steps of washing hands.

Next is table manners. Although we eat in the canteen, we should have some etiquette. For example, one cannot place one’s elbows on the dining table, one cannot hold a fork in one hand and hold a cup in the other hand, one cannot lick one’s fingers, one cannot chew with one’s mouth open, one cannot go over other people’s plates to get things, one must swallow everything in one’s mouth before speaking, one must take things out of the toilet when one has inserted something between one’s teeth … with so many strict regulations, one need not ask such questions as “whether one can play with one’s mobile phone while eating”. In this “canteen culture”, it is generally acknowledged that a student’s quality is closely related to his table performance. One of my niece’s classmates, who had excellent talent and a grade in the examination, lost the qualification to go to Europe for international exchange due to poor table manners. This is hard to imagine in our eyes, but in the United States, poor eating is recognized as a weakness, which is high enough to damage the image of the country.

As for waste of food and partial food, they are all despised by people. In niece’s words: “If everyone eats all the food, are you not afraid of leftovers?” The principal and teachers set an example by not only “CD” but also sucking up the soup and polishing the dishes with bread (provided free of charge in the canteen). It is not hard to imagine that this atmosphere of saving food affects every child, and many picky children become impeccable after entering school. The teacher does not encourage eating too fast, but children who eat too slowly will be warned and punished by cleaning the table.

There is another difference with Chinese school canteens. after eating well, the students should hand over their dinner plates to the staff of the canteen and politely say, “thank you, Mr.” (madam). ” This kind of training is said to have started from kindergarten. On the one hand, the kitchen staff can feel the value of their work; on the other hand, the children can be trained to respect these logistics personnel who serve them.

Rethinking, dining table culture is closely related to the values behind education. In the United States, a score of 100 is not important. It is very important to abide by the rules and be polite and friendly in restaurants. Teachers are full of tolerance for their children’s classroom performance, but they take table manners very seriously and attach great importance to children’s attitude towards service personnel.

As the saying goes, if you want to get to know a person deeply, first look at his performance at the dinner table. At the dinner table, one’s upbringing will be displayed to the fullest. I really hope that our parents and schools can learn to cultivate thrifty, educated and grateful children “from the tip of the tongue”.

 

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