Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Just How Unengaged are Parents?

The news of how the rights of parents are being usurped is commonplace now. We now have the news that in Chicago, it is up to the principal of the school how children are fed lunch during the school day. The school district allows a person that the parent has no control over the hiring of, to decide if the child can bring lunch from home. Other schools in Chicago have the right to take away snacks if they contain too much sugar or salt. Who exactly decides what is too much? In Fairfax County, Virginia they are playing around with the chocolate milk to get the "right amount" of sweetener. Apparently, this is a concession to the parents who wanted the milk to be brought back as a choice for the kids, as it was removed from schools recently. Children need the vitamins they get from milk and some will not drink white milk. While I wouldn't give my kid chocolate milk with every meal, having it at lunch during the week is not going to kill them.

In the Chicago school system the principal feels that she is protecting the students from unhealthy choices. What she is really saying is that parents are too stupid to make good choices for their children. This is the liberal orthodoxy of the one size fits all. She knows far better what is right for every child in that school than their own parents do. The reporter that went to school noticed that many of the children just threw out the food uneaten.

At Little Village, most students must take the meals served in the cafeteria or go hungry or both. During a recent visit to the school, dozens of students took the lunch but threw most of it in the garbage uneaten. Though CPS has improved the nutritional quality of its meals this year, it also has seen a drop-off in meal participation among students, many of whom say the food tastes bad.

The reporter also talked to several parents about this program:

"Some of the kids don't like the food they give at our school for lunch or breakfast," said Little Village parent Erica Martinez. "So it would be a good idea if they could bring their lunch so they could at least eat something."

"(My grandson) is really picky about what he eats," said Anna Torrez, who was picking up the boy from school. "I think they should be able to bring their lunch. Other schools let them. But at this school, they don't."
Then we have this parent:

But parent Miguel Medina said he thinks the "no home lunch policy" is a good one. "The school food is very healthy," he said, "and when they bring the food from home, there is no control over the food."
There is no control over the food? This is an elementary school, who exactly is buying the groceries and packing the lunch at this home? You have no control when you turn it over to someone else, not when you are packing it yourself. This is just one further example of the how our society has turned into a bunch of sheeple who are allowing complete strangers to make our choices for us. This sounds more like a man who can't be bothered to take care of these issues for himself. He would much rather than other people make the choices for him.

I am not a big believer in letting young children drink soda. There is far too much sugar in it. I am also not a big believer in many of the so-called "juices" on the market. Many of them of so full of sugar that they may as well drink the soda. But there are good juices out there. You can even buy Kool-Aid and control the amount of sugar you put in the drink yourself. Children can be very picky eaters. If they are being given food that they don't like they just won't eat. I don't eat food that I don't like, why would children be an exception to that?

I know a mom who is kind of a control freak and plans her menu a week in advance. She does most of her cooking on Sundays for the week. Her child gets things like a smoked turkey sandwich on wheat bread with provolone cheese and mustard. Sometimes he gets peanut butter on wheat with spreadable fruit that has no added sugar to it. He gets things like carrots with low-fat ranch dressing for dipping. He is also is given apple slices, crushed pineapple in juice, yogurt, vegetable soup, or sliced chicken breast. He also is willing to eat cold chicken meatloaf. I seriously doubt anything given in a school cafeteria is any healthier than this. More than likely that food contains more fat and sodium, as I am sure much of the food is processed. The budgets for school lunches is very small and they buy in bulk. (Although the school system gets a kickback from the federal government for each school lunch sold....hmm they make money from forcing this policy on parents.)

What I found most annoying about the article about the Chicago schools is that it seems that many of the kids and the parents are not happy with this arrangement, yet they do nothing about it. These are their children. If you don't want your children to go hungry because they don't like the food choices that someone else is making for them then stand up and do something about it. There is no reason that these parents cannot demand that this policy be thrown to the wastebasket where most of the school lunches end up.

There is nothing wrong with schools trying to teach children about the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise. What the problem is that they are usurping parental rights. It is high time that parents start being engaged in what is going on their kid's school and their lives for that matter. They are paying for that school. Public schools are not free, your taxes pay for them. The nanny state is no longer is just creeping into our lives, it has become an all out assault. I, for one, am not going to go quietly. If the majority of the parents in this school system start demanding their rights as the parents of these children, the school will back down. Just ask the parents of Fairfax County. While chocolate milk may seem like a small thing, it is a victory for all freedom loving people.


LL said...

I'd raise holy hell if I lived in that area and a school initiated that sort of program. I'd work to elect a different school board and I'd enjoin the school through the courts. Then again, I've been known to be a pain in the rear at times when the school system doesn't do what it should be doing.

I understand that the school lunch program tries to promote a healthy meal for kids -- HOWEVER, the last time I looked, they weren't the parents. In loco parentis only goes so far.

Just a conservative girl said...

Oh, they are very lucky I don't live in that district. I would do the same. There is no way I would give up my parental rights to a school administrator.

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