Nuggets of Wisdom

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Mass. Schools Ban Bake Sales

Good grief! First the nanny state banned happy meal toys. Then it banned lemonade stands. Now it’s cracking down on school bake sales.

Bake sales, the calorie-laden standby cash-strapped classrooms, PTAs and booster clubs rely on, will be outlawed from public schools as of Aug. 1 as part of new no-nonsense nutrition standards, forcing fundraisers back to the blackboard to cook up alternative ways to raise money for kids.

At a minimum, the nosh clampdown targets so-called “competitive” foods — those sold or served during the school day in hallways, cafeterias, stores and vending machines outside the regular lunch program, including bake sales, holiday parties and treats dished out to reward academic achievement. But state officials are pushing schools to expand the ban 24/7 to include evening, weekend and community events such as banquets, door-to-door candy sales and football games.

The Departments of Public Health and Education contend clearing tables of even whole milk and white bread is necessary to combat an obesity epidemic affecting a third of the state’s 1.5 million students. But parents argue crudites won’t cut it when the bills come due on athletic equipment and band trips.
Is there no measure the nanny state will take to make sure children are eating healthy? What’s next? Will teachers start confiscating children’s bagged lunches if they feel they don’t meet state-mandated nutritional guidelines and replace them with school lunches that parents will be forced to pay for? Oh wait!

Here’s an idea: how about allowing kids to eat what their parents feel is right for them? They already have a mom and dad; they don’t need a nanny, or rather, a nanny state!