If hot dogs, pizza & Jell-o were good enough for me, it should be good enough for them. The problem is fucking kids today are discouraged from being active. Here in Florida the teachers union advocated doing away with recess. How stupid is that? Just so teachers could have a shorter work day. After a year of battles and parent protests they finally settled on a 20 minute recess. Big fucking deal!
Recess was the shit. Except for the rules. No tackle football. No snowballs. No chicken fights. No real baseballs.
Hate to think what kids are up against now.
Shit. There were serious childhood injuries every day during our grammar school recess.
happening in America too.
The point remains. Its one thing to offer free, reduced meal plans for poor families. It is quite another to toss food brought from home claiming its not good enough. Especially when school food uses below grade F foods, like 'pink slime'.
And while I can respect the idea of picking your battles, this type of behavior from schools/gov is teaching a whole generation of kids that they (and their parents) don't have final say in their lives.
Again, this should bother people...
So yeah, not only should you pick your battles, you should also make sure you understand what your actual battle is and who it is you're battling with.
The thing to remember is: Dept of Education sets a lot of these policies.
Now, you are correct, nowhere does Michelle Obama's 'new standards' say "if a child brings food from home, toss it"; but, as always this is a multi-faceted problem that started at the top. And, you are also correct in saying it is an uphill fight, as seen here:
But these policies, no matter how much "good intention" is involved, have caused issues. Schools get a mandate to follow certain rules or lose federal funding (granted, the fact the fed is involved at has always irked me, school funding largely by the State and below- why take Fed money if its such a small percent and it ties your hands in the process), so when the students start to resist- the school pushes back.New school lunch standards implemented as a result of First Lady Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity campaign have led to more than 1 million children leaving the lunch line, according to a new report.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a wide-ranging audit of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act nutrition standards last week, finding 48 out of 50 states faced challenges complying with Mrs. Obama’s Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.
The new standards led to kids throwing out their fruits and vegetables, student boycotts, higher lunch costs, and odd food pairings such as “cheese stick with shrimp” in order for schools to comply with the complicated rules.
The National School Lunch Program saw a sharp decline in participation once the healthy standards went into effect during the 2012-2013 school year. A total of 1,086,000 students stopped buying school lunch, after participation had increased steadily for nearly a decade.
The report found that 321 districts left the National School Lunch Program altogether, many of which cited the new standards as a factor.
This then leads to food tossing, or more commonly (probably):
That's not cool. (No clue how chicken nuggets are ever considered healthy either, good chance those are pink slime).The mother, who doesn’t wish to be identified at this time, says she made her daughter a lunch that contained a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, apple juice and potato chips. A state inspector assessing the pre-K program at the school said the girl also needed a vegetable, so the inspector ordered a full school lunch tray for her. While the four-year-old was still allowed to eat her home lunch, the girl was forced to take a helping of chicken nuggets, milk, a fruit and a vegetable to supplement her sack lunch.
Additional fees, forced meals, and unapproved food thrown away by school officials largely because of the Michelle Obama standards.[W]hat concerned me was that I got a letter from the principal and it says students who do not bring a healthy lunch will be offered the missing portions which may result in a fee from the cafeteria.
For a country that prides itself as the land of the free... these 'learning institutions' sure seem Draconian to me.
Watch the Jamie Oliver show Food Revolution. It takes SOME effort from the schools and the parents to get buy in from the kids. But most of the time the people cooking the food were either lazy or resistant to change so they would just cook slop versions of vegetables and then just sit around surprised when the kids didn't want to eat them. And the parents were largely the same...they didn't want to be told what to do so they just waited for every opening to declare the program the worst thing ever. So yes, just declaring standards and waiting for miracles to happen will result in angry parents and dissatisfied kids most of the time. You need a group of parents and teachers that actually want to change the way kids eat. Instead they just blame Michelle Obama because they are too unwilling to actually do anything meaningful for their kids nutritional habits.
Personally, as a general rule of thumb, I don't care for federal involvement in state/local issues.
More to the point though, school finance as a whole seems askew to me; currently wealthy districts get more money than poor districts (largely because high qualified teachers work in the better schools, and therefore more money goes there). Worse, (poor) schools often have to take loans as part of their (already smaller) budgets and, not unlike the US budget, end up allocated a chunk of their budget to just paying the interest on those debts.
Schools, seeing shortfalls, then turn to booster clubs which are almost always for profit and take the bulk of the money earned by these fundraisers while adding stipulations on how the little money the school got can be spent (usually being sports related funding).
The fed response, naturally, is throw more money at the problem- with strings attached.
I feel a better method would be to waive all school debt, not allow new loans to be taken, and for schools to get even amount of funding within their respective states. Side fundraising projects should also not be from private companies taking the lions share of students efforts.
Doing this will create more money for the schools that need it most, and -to bring this full circle back to the topic at hand- ideally allow them to handle the food issue without federal assistance. Because all schools should have healthy lunches, no kid should go hungry (unless by choice), and the ones who ultimately should be overseeing this are the PTAs.
But, realistically the system will not readily make these kinds of changes, parents in poor districts often don't care about their children's educations, and many school employees/teachers don't either. To truly improve education, school nutrition, and general activity levels in young people would take an impressive level of dedicated work by a LOT of people- and at the end of the day most just don't care enough. As with all things it is easier to either slurp the bullshit pretending the fed/state/local school boards are doing all they can to help our kids, or sit from your couch while bitching at the TV acting like the fed/state/local school boards aren't doing enough, and that it is all their fault.
When really, at the heart of the issue -> most people are just too damn lazy and distracted to properly care and act. Even when its about their own children's education and health.