Oh why for the sake of all that is holy do schools serve corn with pizza?
Unless you have been living under a rock you have heard all the uproar about public schools which have taken it upon themselves to force children into eating what is served as part of the daily meal service at their school (If you have not, take a look here) Yes folks, the sack lunch is being banned in favor of the oh so wonderful meals served by your local elementary school. Those fine folks who bring you greasy pizza and corn on Friday ( Remember that??)
I could bitch on all day long about this and list the crap-tastic school food as yet another reason why we don't send our kids to school but in fact I want to walk you in another direction when it comes to this topic. So far I have not seen it really covered from this angle so let's look at it as yet another erosion of parental choice by the school system. This is ticklish at best since honestly I don't have a lot of desire to come off as one of those shot-gun toting types in a long denim skirt and tennis shoes( Since I would NEVER wear that!) but all the same it has me worried when parents lay down their rights to an organization that makes a profit off of their children at every turn. Yes at it's heart they are forcing you to pay for substandard food* that they make a profit on!
As a parent I choose what my children eat to the greatest degree since I control the grocery shopping (bwhahahahaha) so as a rule lunch time around here means leftovers or make something yourself since quite frankly they are old enough ( Let's just call that home-ec ok?). After reading the school lunch article I went to see what my darlings had for lunch. Son -12.99 ( let's just call him son-13 from now on OK.. his birthday is next week)... anywhooo son- 13 was having left over smoked chicken ravioli and a spinach salad and some juice. Son 9.75 opted for a cheese and fruit plate and some whole grain crackers since son-13 did not leave another for him ( yes they fought) Over all good choices, made on their own based on a life time of good eating habits and what they could find in the kitchen.
Now don't get me wrong, I am not above a bit of fast food at times an I am even known for letting my kids have ice cream for breakfast on their birthday after all life should be fun and food should be enjoyed. For me providing good food for my family is one of my joys and responsibilities so for someone- anyone to say that they are going to take that right away from me, that really hacks me off and for the life of me I don't understand why parents put up with such a retraction of their rights. But I guess that is yet another reason why we homeschool since if we didn't I would be all over this.. like brown on rice!
** Please note that I know there a LOT of parents who have also dropped the ball and let their kids take utter and total crap to school and call it lunch and that makes this subject difficult at best but stripping away another layer of rights from parents is not the answer.. at least in my world.