Dear Teachers of the United States of America,
While I appreciate your enthusiasm for enforcing the learning of new words in elementary school, I feel that it is essential to continue with a more advanced version of Wordly Wise when students reach middle school and high school. When students are coming to their final years in college, they are forced to take this terrible test called the GRE that makes their brains rot out as they try to remember what words like “quintessential” and “salubrious” mean. In elementary school, the puzzles and phrases were fun but soon forgotten when 6th grade came along.
In order to reduce traumatic head explosions and loss of sleep and excessive stress over 5-hour standardized tests, I feel it is crucial that vocabulary lists continue throughout education to increase the intelligence of the general population.
Reads: Who the heck cares about these words? I want to be a dietitian! The only big words I need to know are “triglyceride” and “antioxidant.” And don’t even get me started on the 5-12-13 triangle. I mean, whaaattt? Not. Important.
Speaking of antioxidants, this salad is loaded with them with the blueberries and strawberries and quinoa. This is brain food. Perfect the eat before 5-hour tests.
Berry Quinoa Salad
Light adapted from Oh She Glows
1/2 c quinoa
3/4 c strawberries, sliced
1/2 c blueberries
1/2 c almonds
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp honey
1. Cook quinoa according to directions.
2. Add remaining ingredients.