Monday, April 11, 2011

Pack a Lunch

People like the principal at the school in this story will end freedom as we know it. Hopefully we can keep them out of offices that affect more people. Here are a few highlights:

"Little Village Academy on Chicago's West Side, students are not allowed to pack lunches from home. Unless they have a medical excuse, they must eat the food served in the cafeteria."

"Principal Elsa 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."

"...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.""

I can only conclude that parents have no control over their children. Luckily one parent in the article made the argument that their child is too picky, and mandating that they eat the lunch at school is a not good. Wait a minute, even more proof that parents have no control over their children. What are we coming to that we even need to have this conversation? I suppose that we should all learn to rely on big-brother to provide us healthy meals, rather than learning to eat well on our own.


  1. Wow, hearing about this makes me mad and I don't even send my kids to that school. I would definitely either not follow their policy or be pulling my child from school. I wouldn't let my kid eat a school lunch BECAUSE of the nutrition in the food.

  2. But what if the school is serving healthy, balanced meals and the parents are sending in lunchables, twinkies, doritos and cokes? Does that change how we feel about the rule?

  3. It doesn't change how I feel about it. The question in my mind is: Who should take responsibility for eating habits of children? If "school principal" is the answer, then I see it leading to other, even more invasive, things.

  4. Ditto Andrew. It's not up to the school to dictate what we eat at home. No, that lunch is not healthy (and is the cause of America's obesity epidemic). Should the school TEACH about proper nutrition and provide better, healthier food than they do? Absolutely. But in no way is it a school's place to dictate what I feed my child from my home. Andrew is thing leads to another, to another...
    (If Andrew learned anything from his mom, I'm sure you're playing devil's advocate here Susan:))