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Public School Food Gospel: Teach it, preach it and make sure you don’t eat it!

May 6, 2013 at 5:00 am / by

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Public School 244 in Queens, New York has become the first public school to have an all-vegetarian menu. Sounds wonderful, right? A school is offering only healthy choices to students to instill a life-long habit of eating healthy. I am sure there will be other schools that follow. We know the statistics of obesity among our youth in this country and schools are stepping up to educate our kids and help create healthy patterns; except the only part is that they are not educating. Education is the process of giving tools to a student, imparting knowledge and letting students reason and process what they have learned.  Teachers and schools have the professional role of acting as facilitators in the learning process. Creating an all-vegetarian menu does not teach students to make healthy choices it mandates it.

There was a recent lesson in a local school in my area where students were assigned to eat an all-vegan diet for the whole day. Outside of school, parents were required to take part in providing meals that their children could eat according to the assignment. The purpose of the lesson was to teach a “world-view” menu of food that was meat-free as well as encourage students to read nutrition labels and be conscience of calorie counting.  The lesson’s objective was appropriate, but the problem was the assignment was mandatory and was required to be implemented outside of the classroom. The parents were not asked to eat vegan but were required to provide a vegan diet for their child. Many parents felt this was an overstep by the teacher and felt that their parental role was being overlooked in how they implemented nutrition and eating habits in their own home.

Both of these examples reflect a growing trend in our public education system. As an educator, I am concerned about the fact that schools are implementing programs that do not give choice to our students. I am also concerned as a parent that schools are overstepping their role in teaching lessons that contradict my parental rights. What a child eats–or does not eat–is not the responsibility of a school to control. The role of school and education is to give tools of learning and to encourage healthy choices. What happens outside the walls of the classroom cannot and should not be controlled. Many teachers and schools use the excuse that they have to teach concepts and skills because parents are failing to do so at home. This is a dangerous philosophy and it encourages the “collective” approach to education.

There is a clear role boundary between being an educator and being a parent. Just because I teach a student who is not getting the correct parental nurturing does not mean I have to, or should, take on both roles. I can only control what goes on in my classroom and I have to respect the role of the parent in how they want to raise or not raise their child. Nutrition is becoming the objective of our schools in overstepping the parental role. This “village” type approach to promoting healthy lifestyles does not encourage personal responsibility. It mandates what a school system deems healthy for the student and does not let an individual or family make their own nutritional choices.

Take note parents of this “food gospel” and how it is being taught to your children. It is an objective of the public schools and it is growing–and parents are the only ones who should be able to decide the nutritional needs of their child.

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Julie Klose

Virginia Politichick Julie Klose is a freelance writer and blogger. She is a degreed elementary education teacher who stepped away from teaching to embark on her love of writing and politics. Julie covers all topics related to US and foreign politics but is particularly passionate about social issues. She is pro-life and has interviewed many different people and organizations within the pro-life movement. Julie is also a contributing writer for Barbwire.com. When she is not dabbling in political writing, she enjoys blogging on her personal blog site at www.thevelvetbrick.org where she mixes it up about faith, family, and politics. You can also find Julie on Twitter @thevelvetbrick1 or on her Facebook page The Velvet Brick.

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7 Comments

  1. I love this article, Julie. You made an excellent point from the perspective of an educator. Well done.

  2. The smaller lunch portions at my kids school has created a huge line at every fast food restaurant in town at about 3:30 every day! They get out of school STARVING. If kids are given food they don’t like, they will just throw it in the trash and go hungry. I think there is a good chance this contributes to the obesity problem because they will all eat more junk food between school and dinner now than they used. My kids are all thin, and active enough to counteract a couple quarter pounders each week.

  3. Was it wrong that I was eating a bacon sandwich while I read this? I’m all for healthy food for kids, but this is going too far. It’s been going too far for too long. Parents, it’s time to remind the government run schools that YOU are the parent, and that YOU have final say on what your child does or doesn’t eat.

  4. don says:

    The directions for the food that our children are forced to eat comes from the first lady but you will never see her children eating this Garbage. This is another example of the White House saying “Do as I say not as I do” and it does show that the white house occupants at this time believes fully in this massage and it does show in everything they say and do and it is loud and clear for any intelligent person’s. This statement about any intelligent person does leave out the vast majority of Liberal Democrats because even though they might be smart they only follow the party line 100% whether they agree or disagree and the party is always first not matter what.

  5. Huntress says:

    Not only do they make the assumption that they need to oversee the parenting of children including how to feed your child. They make huge assumptions that people aren’t feeding their children properly even when they are and it is evident. My son was 13 he was already 5’8″ well muscled, has never had a cavity. We have raised our own dairy goats, chickens, ducks, and geese for eggs and meat, fresh lettuces, and herbs. I grind my own wheat for bread and baked goods. Use the best extra virgin olive oil. My son is well fed. But he passed out at school one day and I got the third degree from the school nurse about how to feed him. I told her I don’t believe the cause is poor nutrition, and I would like to know the cause. I had taken him to the dr. When he passed out another time. Of course they too told me I don’t feed my son even though he is big muscular, ( he can throw hay bales around 50-70# and 50# bags of grain. He has helped on the ranch for 4-H.) But they never ran any tests just continued to make accusations that are obviously false.

    • Julie Klose says:

      Wow, thanks for sharing this story. I know other parents who have similiar stories. It is only going to get worse if parents refuse to speak up about this issue.

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