Since we live about 100 miles from St. Louis, MO, my computer home page has news headlines from there. This morning, there was one entitled “Should a school ban kids from bringing their lunches? ” Amanda St. Amand, a writer for the St. Louis Post Dispatch began, “Talk of the Day was already written when I came across an article in the Chicago Tribune that left me speechless.”
She said that at one public school, at least, children are not allowed to bring their own lunches from home. Unless they have a medical excuse, they must eat the food served in the cafeteria. Quoting from the Chicago Tribune, she noted that the principal at the Little Village Academy, is Elsa Carmona:
“Carmona said her intention is to protect students from their own unhealthful food choices.
“Nutrition wise, it is better for the children to eat at the school,” Carmona said. “It’s about the nutrition and the excellent quality food that they are able to serve (in the lunchroom). It’s milk versus a Coke. But with allergies and any medical issue, of course, we would make an exception.”
Carmona said she created the policy six years ago after watching students bring “bottles of soda and flaming hot chips” on field trips for their lunch. Although she would not name any other schools that employ such practices, she said it was fairly common.
A Chicago Public Schools spokeswoman said she could not say how many schools prohibit packed lunches and that decision is left to the judgment of the principals.”
St. Amand reacted by saying, “We all know there are kids and parents out there who might throw a Twinkie and a Coke in a bag and call it good. But is a school going too far by saying kids can’t bring a lunch from home? What about your experience with school lunches; did you pack or buy? What about your own children? And aren’t there parents out there, like me, who knew they were saving money and providing their child a healthier lunch than what they would otherwise eat?”
You can read the entire article at:
Interestingly enough, also this morning at TownHall.com, Kyle Olson had an article, “Chicago Kids: Get Your Hands Off My Lunchbox!” about the same subject, beginning, “No wonder Chicago Public Schools have a dropout rate near 50%: now the government school system is telling kids what to eat.”
My thinking is that this is just another attempt by the left, who think that they know better how to run everyone’s lives than even the people themselves do, to control people’s lives. This gets to the question as to who should direct the upbringing of children–the parents or the state (through its representative, the public school system). And, of course, the leftist elite in this nation come down on the side of the state every time!
Olson commented, “The last thing failing schools should be worrying about is what kids are eating for lunch. With miserable track records at educating children, how can we expect them to get nutritional needs right?
“Government schools do not run our lives. Some things should still be sacred including, yes, a home-packed lunch.
“This is further proof that government-run education is failing and it’s why kids are leaving it in droves for educational options that work.”
You can read Olson’s entire article at:
Homeschoolers don’t have to worry about the Gastronomic Gestapo telling them what they can and cannot eat for lunch. (At least yet!)