They look pretty much like apples, don't they? They aren't; they are grapples (pronounced grape le) that have been subjected to a horrifying process to make them more attractive to kids. The apples are Fuji or Gala and are subjected to an "Infusion" of grape juice and "purified" water, oh and methyl anthranilate, which makes them taste like grape bubble gum. OH, yummy. They aren't genetically modified (oh, goody) but they ARE classified as processed food. Don't we already know about the perils of processed food?
Apples are fairly impermeable. Their skin is protective so just how are they infused? The patented process doesn't add calories or sugar but the solution that turns apples into grapples by infusing them all the way to the core. It's no simple dip or soak in the solution.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away- simple homily that touts
the benefits of eating apples. The irony is most kids already like apples and they are nature's fast food. They're ready to eat with just a quick rinse under the tap. Why "infuse them" with fake flavour? Children's taste buds are already over-stimulated with too much refined sugar, salt and fat. Research has shown (Check out Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss) that human brains are changed by eating foods that are hyper-flavoured by excess salt, sugar and fat. Here's another opportunity to do just that. Grapples are way grape-y. The smell is overpowering.
Why destroy the natural goodness of apples? The sugar they contain helps to maintain a normal blood sugar level without spikes and dives. They are a source of vitamins and fibre. They taste good all by themselves.
Maybe economics will save us. Grapples are expensive. The pack shown to the left costs around $5. You can order the 12 pack on-line for only $12.95. Unadulterated apples are way less costly. Do everyone a favour and boycott this ridiculous pseudo-flavoured grapple. In the words of Curtis White, "I tried one offered to me by a student. It tasted more like crapple." Yup.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2056889/Introducing-Grapples--expensive-apples-think-theyre-grapes.html#ixzz2R7CUZIZX
The craziness continues despite the bold stand taken by Linden Dorval in 2012. He is the Edmonton physics teacher who finally said, "No more." He continued to assign 0 as a mark for work not handed in or done. In the real world, this is logical. If you don't do the work, you don't receive payment. You don't receive partial payment or encouragement to "try and get that work done" so we can pay you some time. You get fired.
Once educational policy makers and innovators get an idea and head off on a tangent, they can't seem to return to sensibility. Now the ridiculous grading has surfaced in the Battle River School Division which includes the city of Camrose. Educators have invested time and energy into a system that doesn't give zeroes and goes on to avoid actual percentages. A student scoring between zero and 50 per cent would be at the “beginning” level. A “developing” student is within the 50-66 per cent range, “achieving” is between 67 and 83 per cent and “excelling” ranges from 84-100 per cent. The divisions don't even make sense. How can someone whose actual mark is zero, be "beginning" at the starting line with someone who has 49? This grading will result in reporting nothing. Its biggest injustice is to those serious students who are competing for scholarship, bursaries and placement in our secondary educational institutions. They will not be able to report percentages and may lose out on programs and funding. Scholarships and post secondary institutions depend on marks to decide who will or will not be accepted. As flawed as "raw percentages" may be, everyone understands that 98% is a student who has almost achieved perfection; 84% not so much. Students who want to attend colleges and universities, and earn scholarships understand how hard they have to work. The new system takes this away from them and plunks everyone into four broad categories. It is a mis-directed attempt to continue the feel-good, everyone succeeds fantasy. Kids in kindergarten know without being told- Kevin is good at soccer, Janine is a great runner, Alvin can sing better. Joel is a great drawer.
My fantasy is that one of the "persons" in power and in charge of making these crazy decisions "just says, no." Return to percentages earned. As one grade 11 student said, "“I am so concerned about this new system that if it does not change back to percentages only — that being the recording and reporting in per cents only, no alpha descriptors or four-point-scale conversions — I will have no choice but to pursue my Grade 12 year in another school division. I say this with a heavy heart.”
I wish her luck.
Yes, I'm of a certain age but I'm pretty spry and like to think still smart enough.