I ate in class today--not just a snack, but a small meal. It was a freedom I had yet to experience, even when I was an undergrad. Although graduate classes tend to illicit a more relaxed learning environment, they still have the basic classroom elements: students, teachers, learning. These are elements that take me back to elementary school, where the concept of eating and learning is close to obscene.
However, today in my "Doing Democracy" education class we watched a full movie--also unheard of in public school--where I pulled out a sandwich and some chips and enjoyed the show. Granted, it was a 90 minute documentary about violent student protestors of the 1960s, but as I ate my sandwich and an image of Fidel Castro flashed across the screen, I couldn't help but think about Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Sean Penn's character has a pizza delivered to his history class, where he's "learnin' about Cuba; havin' some food."