Think of the children!

It seems school districts continue in their desire to overstep their charter with regards to feeding the students in their care.  First, it was the nonsense in New York stating that kids couldn’t bring in baked goods for bake sales.  All bake sale goods had to be from a list that was distributed.  The reasoning given, of course, was that this rule helped combat obesity.

Now, in Chicago, one school has forbidden the children from bringing their lunches from home (unless they have severe allergies and a doctor’s note giving them permission to bring a home made lunch).

Principal Elsa Carmona said her intention is to protect students from their own unhealthful food choices.

Really?  Oh, I forgot, we must think of the children!

And what do those precious darlings think?

Fernando Dominguez cut the figure of a young revolutionary leader during a recent lunch period at his elementary school.

“Who thinks the lunch is not good enough?” the seventh-grader shouted to his lunch mates in Spanish and English.

Dozens of hands flew in the air and fellow students shouted along: “We should bring our own lunch! We should bring our own lunch! We should bring our own lunch!”

Fernando waved his hand over the crowd and asked a visiting reporter: “Do you see the situation?”

The picture that accompanies the article is of a so-called enchilada.   By looking at it, it just looks like “mystery meat, Tuesday version”.  I sure wouldn’t want to eat that so-called healthy food!

Here’s where the whole “Move Your Bodies” and all other “we’re doing this for your own good” programs fall down.  How do you really know what is good for anybody else?  One child’s home made lunch may include all the things the Principal of that school doesn’t like, but it’s really none of her business to decide what the children are allowed or not allowed to eat!  Many teachers I know wish parents would just, you know, parent their children.  Well, deciding what they are allowed or not allowed to eat is one of those parenting things.

Even if the choices the parents or the children make aren’t what the principal think they should be, it’s still THEIR choices.

We haven’t yet gotten into legislated eating.  Although, with everything else the US government is trying to legislate lately, I’m sure that’s on the way.