Little Boy Goes To Eat Part Of His Lunch, Teacher Grabs It And Throws It In The Trash
Katie Mooney 2/1/2017
Parenting is certainly not for the "faint of heart." Raising children requires us to wear a variety of hats, all in the very same day. The moment we become parents, we also become teachers, policemen, doctors, caregivers, judges, and sometimes even referees. And as we maneuver through every minute of every day (often not so gracefully), we do so without a handbook.
Parents: pat yourselves on the back because you can handle anything the world has to throw at you - you have children!
Another hat we acquire as parents is that of a dietician. We must select the healthy, energy-packed, nutritious foods that our growing children need, while also dancing around allergies, picky eating, and full schedules. One parent in Durham, Canada was outraged when after packing her son's school lunch - she learned that the child's teacher had overridden her food choices...
Elaina Daoust's son was in junior kindergarten when she sent him to school one day with a small piece of chocolate chip banana bread to enjoy during his classroom snack time. The child's teacher took his morning snack from him, and replaced it with the grapes from his lunch instead. Elaina was furious when she found out what the teacher had done. Apparently, this "snack swap" occurred because the banana bread contained chocolate chips, which were not considered a healthy food choice.
Elaina shared with Durham Region News,
"He came home with a chart (listing healthy snack ideas) and told me he and the teacher talked about it and healthy choices. She also sent a note to me. I was really, really, really mad for several reasons."
She went on to explain that the reason she chose the pre-packaged banana bread was because of her son's picky eating habits, the "nut-free" and "safe for schools" label on it, and because some teachers advise against goods which are baked at home.
Another parent, Avani Chaudhary, explained that her second grade daughter was instructed not to bring in goldfish crackers or granola bars - however, when her son in junior kindergarten brought these items into his classroom, it was not an issue. Avani said in response to the incident,
"It's basically the teacher's opinion. Is a muffin more healthy than a granola bar? Maybe, maybe not. It depends what is in them. Is the teacher qualified to make these decisions? It should be up to the parents."
Durham Superintendent Luigia Ayotte spoke in response to the lunch choice controversy,
"We understand there may have been some issues with regard to certain foods students bring for snacks and lunches, but food preferences and choice remain with students and parents unless they pose an adverse allergic danger to other students."
Some parents feel that classroom teachers should not have the authority to make decisions about what the students are eating - while others are appreciative of the nutrition education and eating guidance their children are receiving in school. Which side of the lunch-line do you stand on?
No matter your stance on the sticky subject, we can all agree that consuming nutritious, energy-producing foods is critical, especially for growing children. Share this "food frenzy" article with your friends and family, and inspire interesting and important conversations!
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