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Old 02-16-2012, 03:14 AM
 
Location: Jersey
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Default School seizes lunch, not nutrious enough

A turkey sandwich and chips from home versus school nuggets: Sounds like a toss-up to me | Get Schooled

This is utterly obsurd. I decide what to feed my child, and it isnt as if chicken nuggets was any better an option! Watch out parents, we keep letting schools get away with this and it will be no better than a police state where we have NO say!
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Old 02-16-2012, 05:55 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Watch out parents, we keep letting schools get away with this and it will be no better than a police state where we have NO say!
Good grief, what a way to overreact!


From the article you posted:


"A teacher apparently was concerned about one child’s homemade lunch and overreacted. I am being told that the school apologized to the parent."


This was one isolated incident.
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Old 02-16-2012, 07:15 AM
 
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I think it's ridiculous that this teacher did this. Maybe the parents do not want their kids to have chicken nuggets during the weekdays. Maybe they don't want their child to be consuming fast food like meals every day. Kids don't know or care that the school nugget is a "healthy" version of drive through variety, they just come to assume that nuggets are fine, every day food.

So what if the kid threw out the banana in his homemade lunch? Are kids *required* to eat all of the fruits/veggies on their cafeteria tray?

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Old 02-16-2012, 07:45 AM
 
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I have run into problems with USDA food standards at preschools and childcare centers. My oldest daughter is allergic to milk and daily dairy intake is required by most standards. I tried to leave her at a drop-off childcare center in one state when I was teaching college courses. The teacher there told me my daughter had to drink milk because it is required. I had to argue with her and reinforce over and over that my daughter absolutely cannot drink milk. The teacher there seemed frightened by the idea that she may be violating a "health" requirement by "allowing" my daughter to drink water rather than milk.

In another state, I was not able to leave my daughter at a childcare center because they would not even allow me to pack my daughter's own food, despite her allergies. I am a huge supporter of healthy food. However, my impression is that the inspectors of these centers are a little obsessive about it, and sometimes they make decisions that actually make things worse rather than better.
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Old 02-16-2012, 07:49 AM
 
Location: hunt valley
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On one hand given the obesity issues in the modern age i feel you need to do this. On the other i see the same issues that ellar mentioned as being an issue.
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Old 02-16-2012, 07:54 AM
 
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On one hand given the obesity issues in the modern age i feel you need to do this. On the other i see the same issues that ellar mentioned as being an issue.
Are children who consume school lunches less obese than children who bring their lunches from home, though? But regardless...

I don't think that's even the issue in this case. The child's homemade lunch was deemed to be "unbalanced" by this teacher so the lunch was thrown out and the child was given chicken nuggets, in place of his turkey sandwich...

Sounds dumb *really dumb* to me.
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Old 02-16-2012, 08:00 AM
 
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Are children who consume school lunches less obese than children who bring their lunches from home, though? But regardless...

I don't think that's even the issue in this case. The child's homemade lunch was deemed to be "unbalanced" by this teacher so the lunch was thrown out and the child was given chicken nuggets, in place of his turkey sandwich...

Sounds dumb *really dumb* to me.
I agree.
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Old 02-16-2012, 08:02 AM
 
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Are children who consume school lunches less obese than children who bring their lunches from home, though? But regardless...

I don't think that's even the issue in this case. The child's homemade lunch was deemed to be "unbalanced" by this teacher so the lunch was thrown out and the child was given chicken nuggets, in place of his turkey sandwich...

Sounds dumb *really dumb* to me.
Actually schools nuggets are not like the ones at fast food and are baked. Depending on the kind of turkey sandwich she had there could be a good chance it is much better. I mean if it's processed deli turkey, on white bread, with mayo, then it's not really good for you. While i can't say for sure if kids eating school lunches is more nutritious i think at least offering one decent meal a day can help counteract some of the affects of the junk food. Not to mention it gives the child the idea that the food they eat at home is not really good for them.
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Old 02-16-2012, 08:09 AM
 
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Actually schools nuggets are not like the ones at fast food and are baked. Depending on the kind of turkey sandwich she had there could be a good chance it is much better. While i can't say for sure if kids eating school lunches is more nutritious i think at least offering one decent meal a day can help counteract some of the affects of the junk food. Not to mention it gives the child the idea that the food they eat at home is not really good for them.
The lunch that was taken away was balanced. It had all the food groups, and included whole fruit. There was no good reason for it to be deemed unhealthy. Yes, turkey lunch meat is processed, but so are chicken nuggets. It sounds like a very bad call on the part of one single person.
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Old 02-16-2012, 08:11 AM
 
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Actually schools nuggets are not like the ones at fast food and are baked. Depending on the kind of turkey sandwich she had there could be a good chance it is much better. I mean if it's processed deli turkey, on white bread, with mayo, then it's not really good for you. While i can't say for sure if kids eating school lunches is more nutritious i think at least offering one decent meal a day can help counteract some of the affects of the junk food. Not to mention it gives the child the idea that the food they eat at home is not really good for them.
Doesn't matter how the nugget is made at school. If kids don't learn to make and eat food in and from their own homes, they will never bake a "healthy" nugget at home. Guaranteed.

If they learn to make and eat a sandwich at/from home, they will understand how to make a sandwich....
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