In an article on TownHall.com entitled “School Lunch Madness,” Bill O’Reilly weighed in on the issue of the Chicago school which forces children to buy school lunches rather than bring their own if they want to eat.
He noted: According to an article in The Chicago Tribune, my standard lunch would not have been acceptable at the Little Village Academy public school in the Windy City. The principal, Elsa Carmona, is quoted as saying that her students can either eat the school cafeteria food or “go hungry.” Wow! Tough dietary deal.
He continued: Predictably, Carmona’s edict caused an outcry, and now she says she was misquoted by the Tribune. Her lunch opinion is not a mandate, just a suggestion, she insists. But this story is not exactly an analysis of the federal budget. It strains credulity that the Trib got it wrong. What most likely happened is that Carmona took some heat from on high and is backtracking.
Here are the comments which I especially want to emphasize: “But forcing parents to buy school food is going too far. This is nanny state stuff. I know that under President Obama the nation is heading in that direction, but it is now time to pause and smell the meatloaf.
“Parents are the primary caregivers when it comes to raising children. The school educates kids, but it has no right to dictate lifestyle choices. If there is a problem that impacts a student’s ability to learn or socialize, the school has an obligation to bring the situation to the parents’ attention. But telling kids what they can eat at lunchtime usurps parental authority.”
His conclusion: “The government cannot legislate good parenting, even though it has spent trillions of dollars trying.
“The folks running the Little Village Academy need to wise up about this free society business. In America, we allow freedom of choice. And while kids can’t choose their parents and vice-versa, when it comes to choosing the meal plan, parents should rule.”
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