Published: Thursday, Aug. 16 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
Remember that Davis and Box Elder High Schools were fined $15,000 by the Feds
for having vending machines on during lunch. To say that there are no laws
regulating junk food in Utah's schools is not quite correct. Some schools
are being told teachers should not even provide treats as a reward or incentive
in the classroom. Whether or not my child receives a treat for showing honesty
or something should be between me and the teacher. Government has no business
involving itself in treat regulation. Talk about B-I-G Brother!
How much responsibility do mom and dad have when the kids have easy access to
junk food at the schools. This access takes it away from parents, not the other
way around. It's offensive when business perverts the principles of freedom
and responsibility to make the money, and when those terms are thrown out there
in the debate, people fold instead of challenging the argument.
If kids like junk food, they are going to eat junk food, machines in schools or
If mom and dad want the kids to eat junk food for lunch, they are free to send
it with them to school. Schools have already started providing
healthier drink alternatives when they were required to replace soda with water,
milk, and juices in the vending machines. The majority of snacks that currently
sell in the machines are high salt and fat chips or extremely sugary candies. We
can provide healthier choices for them.It's just a guess, but I
would think a number of behavior problems would be solved when children
establish healthier eating habits during the school day.
Seriously, how stupid have we become as a society? Vending machines have
absolutely NO PLACE in schools. There is not one good reason to have them
there. They do nothing but give the teachers more of a headache to deal with as
kids bring food into the classroom. They aren't healthy for the students.
They limit parental authority over what their child eats.There is
not one good reason to have them.Someone please pass a law regarding
education that will actually make a difference in the schools. No
So the legislature didn't want to be overly involved when out comes to food
in schools, but then they're happy to take over for the parents when it
comes to sex education; automatically opting all of the students out of that
class. What I see is that they don't want to be to involved
when someone's giving them money to not be involved, but when there's
no sex ed groups out there to give them money they're happy to step in...
Though I guess with that one the money was coming from somewhere else too.I wonder what the Eagle Forum has to say about this.Sorry if
some of this doesn't make sense, I'm still learning to use my new
phone and editing is getting frustrating...
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