I came across two articles this week that really scared me regarding the direction of the American education system.
First, let me tell you about the little girl in North Carolina whose lunch was taken away from her because it was “unhealthy” and was given cafeteria food instead. What was so unhealthy about her lunch? The preschooler’s mother packed her a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, apple juice, and potato chips. Her lunch was inspected at school and “didn’t meet USDA requirements.” The child was given a tray of cafeteria food and ate only three nuggets off the tray. Her perfectly-good lunch was sent home… with a bill for the cafeteria lunch.
What on earth??? What is wrong with a turkey sandwich, fruit, juice, and chips? I think it’s pretty scary when society gets to the point of examining our children’s lunches and deciding that parents aren’t capable of packing their children’s food. I think that the girl’s lunch was perfectly fine! It’s not like she had a coke and a twinkie for lunch! Wouldn’t her turkey sandwich have been a lot more nutritious than the three processed nuggets she ate?
According to the following article, the state is allowed to come in at any time and make sure that schools are in compliance with USDA guidelines, which includes something as minute as the contents of a preschooler’s lunchbox. If the teacher feels that the child’s lunch doesn’t meet guidelines, they are required to supplement it. In some states, children are not allowed to bring lunch from home at all.
Check out this article: http://myfox8.com/2012/02/15/usda-meal-was-not-replaced-mom-was-never-charged/
If you haven’t read the news at all in the past decade, you might think this is just fine and dandy. For those of you that do read the news and keep up on current events, you likely know how unhealthy cafeteria food really is. Dateline investigated the quality of public school cafeterias and found many of them to have serious violations. They commonly serve hamburgers, pizza, and chicken wings and food is often not kept at a healthy temperature (this leads to bacteria growth and consequently food poisoning).
There have been efforts to clean up school cafeterias, but it’s still not that great. We let our daughter buy lunch every Friday when she went to public kindergarten, and what did she choose? Pizza, tater tots, chocolate milk, and jello. I was unhappy with her choices, and even more so that this is what was offered.I’m sure there where also fruits and veggies, but how many children choose these over tater tots and jello? Is this school lunch more nutritious than something I could pack at home? Not a chance.
Here’s an article discussing this issue:
Also, 50% of elementary schools still have vending machines that offer unhealthy snacks. 3/4ths of American schools serve entrees that exceed recommended levels of fat. A la carte lines brim with unhealthy treats. And the problem is the parents? I think not.
To understand how school and state officials come to believe that they know best and have the right to dictate every detail of a child’s life, check out the following article:
Debbie Squires, associate director of the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association, explained to members of the House Education Committee why her association opposed allowing more cyber (or online) schools to operate in the state: “Educators go through education for a reason,” Squires said. “They are the people who know best about how to serve children. That’s not necessarily true of an individual resident. I’m not saying they don’t want the best for their children, but they may not know what actually is best from an education standpoint.”
When asked to clarify, she said “I said they may want what’s best for their child (but) they may not know.”
So… parents don’t know what is best for their children? Interesting. How did the human race survive for millenia if parents were so incapable of caring for their offspring? If cave parents didn’t know what was best for their children, they would have been eaten by predators. If our recent ancestors didn’t know what was best for their children, would they have survived the challenges of their time and grown to be successful, educated, and happy people (all without the government to spoon feed them a false sense of security)? No? If our ancestors had not been capable of rearing their young, you wouldn’t be here. Think about that.
What happened to this country? Wasn’t the United States founded on principles of freedom? Didn’t our ancestors leave Europe to escape the control their governments had on their lives? Didn’t our pioneer ancestors head west for freedom and unbounded opportunities? We’ve come a long way since then. Now, government intercedes into every aspect of our lives… right down to the contents of our children’s lunch sacks. Wake up, America, before the last of your liberties are gone. Our inalienable rights are being threatened. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, right? Your liberty is being taken away and you might not even know it.
When will it be time to say, “Enough is enough?”
- ABC, NBC Skip Food Police Confiscating Preschooler’s Dangerous Potato Chips (newsbusters.org)
- State employee replaced preschoolers “unhealthy” lunch with chicken nuggets (winteryknight.wordpress.com)
- Preschooler Forced to Eat Chicken Nuggets After Bag Lunch Fails State Inspection (outsidethebeltway.com)
- School forces preschooler to order cafeteria lunch because mom’s isn’t healthy enough (hotair.com)
- North Carolina – Schools Hired a “Lunch Inspector” to Inspect Our Children’s Lunches in Public Schools? (bonjupatten.com)
- Preschooler’s Homemade Turkey Sandwich Replaced With Nuggets (huffingtonpost.com)
- Preschooler’s Homemade Lunch Replaced With Nuggets (seedtosalad.wordpress.com)
- Liberty Alert: Protecting Preschoolers By Feeding Chicken Nuggets? (claimingliberty.wordpress.com)
- Your Nanny State Intrusion of the Day! (thedaleygator.wordpress.com)
- School Lunch Uproar in North Carolina Preschool (eatdrinkbetter.com)
- Nanny state report: NC school officials confiscate preschooler’s homemade lunch – The Daily Caller (gds44.wordpress.com)
- Wake Up Amrica! (wdednh.wordpress.com)
- Lunch Bags Inspected for Nutrition (neatorama.com)
- The Food Police Order Parents to Pay for Replacement Lunches (trutherator.wordpress.com)
- Government agents now searching sack lunches at schools (aboundingwellness.wordpress.com)