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April 11, 2011

Chicago-Area Schools: No Food from Home Allowed

The claim is that the nutrition is superior in the school's lunches but even if it were, how is this consistent with any kind of free society?
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.

UPDATE, via/by Instapundit: "'Principal Elsa Carmona said her intention is to protect students from their own unhealthful food choices.' More and more, it seems like parental malpractice to let your kids go to public schools, where they seem to be viewed as state property, and guinea pigs for social experimentation."

[Little Miss Attila]

Posted by Little Miss Attila at April 11, 2011 7:14 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

Your Say

Clearly the next step is to require all children to be raised by the state.

Posted by: Fat Man at April 11, 2011 7:53 PM

Instapundit has it right. You turn your children over to the teacher's union goons and nanny state do-gooders at the peril of their souls.

Posted by: raincityjazz at April 11, 2011 8:59 PM

As the Denver Post's David Harsanyi observed, progressivism is the belief that we have too much freedom with which to make bad decisions.

Posted by: Donald Sensing at April 12, 2011 5:11 AM

Is this a system-wide rule in Chicago, or just this one school?

I notice the kids voted with their stomachs. Good little anarchists!

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at April 12, 2011 6:57 AM

If this was in the high schools, I'd say they were lacing the food with Viagra/Cialis.

Posted by: Peccable at April 12, 2011 7:21 AM

I work in the school system. I see what happens to the 'healthy food' mandated by teh gubiment. It gets thrown out by the barrel full.
Kids. Won't. Eat. That. Crap.
Maybe the schools need to enforce a 'clean plate' rule- detention for all those who won't eat what the state tells them to eat.


Posted by: jwm at April 12, 2011 9:14 AM

detention for all those who won't eat what the state tells them to eat.

Excellent plan, epsecially the hidden clause where parents get to sue the schools if their kids are, or become, obese.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at April 12, 2011 2:22 PM

Would "I'm sick of being told what I must eat." qualify as "any medical reason"?

Posted by: Roger Drew Williams at April 12, 2011 2:50 PM

Now, I am not normally required to come to Lady M’s defense with words, as you know, I’m in charge of optics. Butt this attack is beyond the pale. Chicago’s “No Lunchbox” policy is one of the secret regulatory elements of our No Child's Fat Behind initiative. It's really not as extreme as the R-words and trolls at Fox News would have you believe, and it actually makes sense when you think about it.

First, we can’t control what somebody’s mom puts in the lunch sack. And we are so about control. Many moms will put dangerously tasty things in there.

Second, the children will not learn that government is there for them to fulfill their every need. How are we going to Win The Future if we develop a generation of independent self-providers? WTF?

Finally, and most importantly, unless our polling is wrong, mom is not a dues paying member of SEIU.

Posted by: MOTUS at April 13, 2011 8:43 AM

Used to be the idea of the State raising our kids (via the schools) wasn't so bad. But that was when the State was Us. Now it is Something Else.

Posted by: Hannon at April 13, 2011 11:12 AM

I think that we're overdue for a good, inexpensive, internet-based, conservative, home-schooling program. A non-biased and non-revisionist history, combined with teachings that would stress taking responsibility for one's own actions, proper grammer, intelligent money management, and a generally conservative viewpoint in it's curriculum. Plus, a knowledgable capitalist could probably profit nicely from such an undertaking, without extreme levels of financial outlay or risk.

Posted by: Roger Drew Williams at April 13, 2011 3:33 PM

There are actually plenty of them out there. Not all are conservative or Christian, but I think a lot of them are--and the movement has been growing stronger and stronger, for 25 years or better.

This might be a place to start.

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