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The Chicago Tribune reports that a school in Chicago has banned students from bringing packed lunches from home – unless they have a medical excuse.

Principal Elsa Carmona said her goal is protect students from their own unhealthful food choices, stating:

“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.”

It must be about nutrition, given how tasty and wholesome the school’s food looks.

A Little Village Academy student cringes at an enchilada dish served at his school. Many students throw away their entrees uneaten and say they would rather bring food from home. The school, though, does not allow students to bring in their own lunches, unless they have a medical condition or a food allergy. Picture and text © Chicago Tribune 2011

As students have raised concerns, so have parents:

Some of the kids don’t like the food they give at our school for lunch or breakfast,” said Little Village parent Erica Martinez. “So it would be a good idea if they could bring their lunch so they could at least eat something.”

“(My grandson) is really picky about what he eats,” said Anna Torrez, who was picking up the boy from school. “I think they should be able to bring their lunch. Other schools let them. But at this school, they don’t.”

The school banning packed lunches from home is an infringement on parental responsibility. It boils down to whether the parents or the States have ownership of the child. It’s quite obvious the parents have responsibility and should decide what the kids eat. They are the ones that literally create the child and raise the kid(s). They have an intimate relationship and knows what’s best for them.

Government ignores the reality that humans by nature are independent, with a unqiue set of desires. Each kid differs in his taste, interest, abilities, intelligence, and chosen activities. The best kind of formal instruction would be suited to his own particular individuality. Curriculums in public schools don’t recognize this. Government planners approach school with a one size fits all approach, which is why they fail so horribly at educating our kids. Now they’re trying to carry this notion on to regulate what kids eat. Each kid is going to be unique in what he desires and his body needs. Some kids may prefer a chicken sandwich, vegetables, fruit, lunchables, etc. There’s an infinite variety of combinations, and no central planner can ever know the needs of every child. Only the parent can, and only the parent has the right to regulate what their kids eat.

There is hope, though, for the comrades of Little Village Academy. School officials have announced they’re ramping up his food quality, and next week is sloppy joes!


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