After all, we’ve been here before. Haven’t we? With the power-mad who think they are there to do everything except teach reading, writing and maths?
Added to this the desire to gain brownie points by fitting in with the latest communiqué or scheme from the centre, and it’s a recipe for disaster.
Headteacher Elizabeth Chaplin said that the school had a policy where midday supervisors disposed of half-empty drinks and yoghurt pots to prevent spillages in lunchboxes.
She added that children who were questioned over their drink contents were “more than happy to confirm or demonstrate the water content”.And so, because the kids aren’t worried, then the parents shouldn’t be either, I suppose?
She confirmed the parents who wanted to take their children out of school had been offered transfer forms, but they had not been completed and the children had returned to school. She said: “Regrettably our attempts to promote a healthier lifestyle have been received negatively by a very small minority.
“We are undertaking a review of the whole lunchtime provision and the review group will include representatives from the parents, pupils, staff and governors.”Maybe the publicity will have emboldened a few more parents to stand up and say ‘No! This is not why we send our kids to school!’.
Still, could be worse. Elizabeth can only dream of the power schools seemingly have in Canada*:
A Manitoba mom was slapped with a $10 fine because the lunches she packed for her kids’ lunches didn’t have any Ritz crackers.It happened a few years ago, but has only recently come to light. It caused a fuss at the time, but, frankly, not enough of one:
According to Weighty Matters blog, which first reported her story, Bartkiw says the Canadian province has moved to a hot lunch program in daycares in order to remedy the problem of parents sending less than ‘balanced’ lunches with their kids.
She says she likes the new policy much better.So she’s actually quite happy for the school to dictate what her kid eats, so long as it causes no trouble or (immediate) cost for her?
*H/T: SadButMadLad via Twitter