Monday, March 29, 2010
The food that we serve our children is appalling, and the misguided rules established by well-meaning, but utterly clueless school administrators, is embarrassing. For instance: greater importance is put on making sure cafeteria workers are wearing plastic gloves, and preventing school children from using the Oh-so-lethal plastic fork and knife (kids are only given spoons!), than in feeding the children nutritious meals - I mean, pizza for breakfast?
Clearly, it is easy to pile on, and display outrage over a carefully edited "reality" program, but I am going to go down the dreaded road of being judgmental and say, yes, I am angry at how we are feeding our kids. Again, I am not a parent, so I have never struggled having to take the path of least resistance and pull into the Golden Arches to feed screaming children. I know it is easy to play armchair quarterback here, but, there has to be a point where you have to say, "C'mon, what we feed our children is horrendous!" And it bares no resemblance to what I ate as a school child.
I think it is appalling that grammar school children at this school had no idea that french fries came from potatoes and catsup from tomatoes, let alone identify any vegetables! Those teachers should be hanging their heads in shame! Now, once again, I am speaking as a bachelor in an apartment in New York City with zero experience in parenting, nor working with a school system, so it is easy to pile on these parents and school teachers, but, c'mon. Now, after a tutorial by the teachers, the children did a splendid job, and they were all up to speed on vegetables. But, why does it take a UK TV show to prompt this?
I remember being kid in Kindergarten, and I remember the plastic vegetables on my teachers desk for instruction - yes, I do. Classroom 1, Germain Street School, Mrs. Mortenson. And I remember having hot dogs, and potato chips, too, just not every day! But we never had pizza for breakfast, and we played before school, at recess, and after school...outside.