Last Call: Shattering corn maze dreams, what teachers know, and a serene cooking video

Precision Mazes
Precision Mazes
Last CallLast CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.

What teachers know

Photo: Duane Prokop/Getty Images for Feeding America
Photo: Duane Prokop/Getty Images for Feeding America

Reporters can rarely get teachers to speak on the record about what’s happening inside their schools. Teachers who are outspoken about problems in their school districts often end up fired, demoted or reprimanded. Which is why Chicago magazine’s piece allowing teachers to talk candidly—and anonymously—about what they deal with on a daily basis was so fascinating: “We have to be the psychologist, the social worker, the recreational leader, the nutritionist.” Read the whole thing here. [Jen Sabella]

We’re here to shatter your corn maze dreams

Corn mazes! I want to believe they’re handmade, painstakingly shaped out of hedges by hand. Way for this Fast Company article to really burst my bubble. [Kate Bernot]


Peaceful Cuisine

Japanese filmmaker Ryoya Takashima has created the antithesis of the Buzzfeed Tasty-style overhead video that has permeated your social media feeds. In his YouTube series Peaceful Cuisine, each video is serene, set to chakra-aligning music with gorgeous cinematography. Takashima’s filmmaking is, as one commenter noted, “not food porn, it’s food love.” [Kevin Pang]

Kevin Pang was the founding editor of The Takeout, and director of the documentary For Grace.

Kate Bernot is a freelance writer and a certified beer judge. She was previously managing editor at The Takeout.

Jen Sabella is Managing Editor of The Takeout. She loves: fried chicken, mezcal, cats and stalking celesbians on Instagram.

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