All 11-year-old schoolchildren are to receive a free cookbook under a new scheme aimed at promoting healthy eating and tackling obesity.Yup, that’s worth doing, don’t you think? In an age when grinning Cockney chefs are never off the telly, gameshows based on cooking litter the daytime TV schedules, there’s two satellite TV channels dedicated solely to cookery shows, and everyone but the family dog has access to billions of recipes from all over the world on the Internet.
And I do believe, if you can wean the young ‘uns off Mario for long enough, there’s a even a Nintendo resource for the budding young Jamie out there.
But no, it’s not enough that all those free resources are out there for the taking, people aren’t choosing them at a rate that satisfies this lost, fumbling, meddlesome government, and so the schools must do their bit in indoctrinating the latest fad:
It will be given to all 11-year-olds in England as part of a package of measures announced by Schools Secretary Ed Balls, who urged parents to get their children, especially boys, into the kitchen at home.£150..million…! Words fail me.
More than £150 million has been earmarked to build new teaching kitchens in schools and Mr Balls said the funding paves the way for compulsory cooking lessons for pupils aged 11 to 14, which are due to be introduced for the first time from 2011.
The funding drive will see £750,000 earmarked for training and recruiting 800 new specialist teachers.
Still, publishing executives and kitchen fitters need to eat too, I suppose….