Recently, I saw this article discussing teachers who take away students’ snacks and lunches if they don’t meet certain health standards. The school in question is in Canada. Out of curiosity, I googled “Teacher taking student’s lunch away” and came up with oodles of articles, many of them discussing schools in the US as well. Apparently, this is rampant. I am of two minds when it comes to this.
Mind #1: I can’t believe that teachers have to be in charge of something else. They have enough on their plates. (No pun intended.) Now they have to police students’ food? It’s annoying to the teachers, insulting to the parents, and embarrassing for the students.
Mind #2: I have seen a child bring a large candy bar for lunch. And that’s it.
Is there some sort of happy medium for this issue? I think it’s ridiculous for a teacher to take away a cup of pudding from a child—but if lunch is a supersize chocolate bar, it needs to go and be replaced with a healthier option. But where does food cross the line from okay to eat to artery-clogging junk?
Let’s say you were in charge. What kind of rules would you set—or wouldn’t you set any?