When I blogged about the banning of home lunches on Monday, it was in an attempt to understand what would cause a principal to do that. At face value it seems screwy — what was their logic?
To ban lunches from home they must have been truly horrific. No principal would go to that extreme if they hadn’t seen lunches consisting of flavored water and a banana (a packed lunch I have seen). Or alternately the school lunches offered must be out of sight. Using that line of reasoning, I gave some examples of bad lunches from home as well as some good school lunches.
What bothered you the most (and my husband) was the disregard of a parent’s basic right to pack a lunch for their child, even if it is unhealthy. My husband says that a parent has the right to pack whatever they want for their child every single day. Two donuts? Ok. Gourmet chicken salad? Ok. Whatever the parent wants to do, the parent can do — according to my husband. What do you think about that? Is this purely a rights issue? When should school districts step in (if at all)?
I have to say that when I read the article, I didn’t get mad about banning home lunches. I like it when lunch makes the news. The good, the bad, and the ugly — it needs to be out there so we can discuss theses issues, think about them critically, and take action.