The thing that pisses me off the most about about the food problem in America is the schools. And no I am not talking about School lunch. Not yet at least. Let me describe my experiences with my son.
They give the kids candy. A lot of candy. For every conceivable reason. Every birthday in the class is an excuse for the kid to bring “treats” and hand them out. The “treats” are always candy. Obviously every holiday is an excuse for some sort of party. And these parties always include candy. They reward the kids for various things. Reading a certain number of books. No one being tardy or late coming in from recess. And these rewards are often candy. They get candy on the first day of school. Candy on the last day of school. Candy at the book fair. At the very least one day a week, often more, there is an excuse for the handing out of candy. Often not just one little treat, but enough that they bring that crap home.
And this pisses me off. Because how is a parent supposed to combat that? Do I tell the teacher that when all the other kids in class get these treats, my child is not allowed? Yeah right, have my kid be the lone kid who doesnt get to participate. Anyone who remembers how it feels to be a kid trying to fit in knows this isn’t a good solution.
Now let’s talk about the school lunches, because those piss me off too. When I was in grade school my mother usually packed my lunch, it was pretty common then. And when I ate the school lunch, there were no choices. I got a square cafeteria style tray and the lunch ladies filled the little squares in it up with what was for lunch that day. Now I am not saying it was the greatest food, but there was normally some vegetables, some fruit, and some main course that had some meat in it. Potatoes were common. I remember turkey and potatoes with gravy. I remember carrots and green beans as vegetables being common.
But that’s not how it was by the time I got to high school, and its not how it is today. When I was in high school, it was common to see a person pick up a couple of popsickles and a pizza from the cafeteria, and wash it down with a coke from the vending machine. Today, at least in my sons school, NO ONE brings their own sack lunch. And when eating at school, they give these kids CHOICES. Imagine that, letting a kid in grade school choose for himself what he wants to eat! I have been in that lunch room before, and I am estimating half the kids were eating a lunch consisting of either chocolate milk or a sugary “sports drink” and pizza. Pizza with a big fluffy crust, a bit of cheese and some sort of pepperoni looking bits of stuff on top. Dripping grease. Absolute shit.
And that really pisses me off. What in the hell do you think is gonna happen when you tell a bunch of kids here, eat what you want. And by the way, the choices include sugary drinks and greasy assed pizza?
Well what you get is a bunch of kids who between 8am and 3pm are ingesting candy in the classroom for any reason that can be conceived, and eating sugar and grease for lunch.
Now there are gonna be some teachers who read this and say “thats not how it is at my school”. Fine. I am sure this is not representative of every school. But it shouldnt be representative of ANY school ANYWHERE.
This really pisses me off because if you don’t home school or send the kids to a private school, and lets face it these things are not an option for most people, you have to send your kids to spend their day at school 9 months of the year. And how are you supposed to start them out in life with good habits when you are being worked against in this way?
And it pisses me off.
Tomorrow I’ll stop being pissed off and talk about solutions.