Monday, April 11, 2011

Taking a page from Orwell

Orwell's 1984 continues to inspire some people over 60 years after it was first published...and not for the better! The author presents this work as a warning of how any institution can change into something more dystopian if we allow it. Some prefer to embrace such a change rather than shun it!

Case in point: Little Village Academy, a public school on the west side of Chicago.

The story? Chicago school bans some lunches brought from home.

The principal of this school has taken it upon herself to decide that the slop served at her school (I don't know this for certain; I'm assuming this from some of the quotes in the article regarding the quality of the food) is mandatory and any lunch brought from home is unacceptable. What business is it of hers what a student eats, anyway?

We've all heard the jokes (and made a few, I admit) over the years regarding school cafeteria food. But now the joke is on the students of this particular school; they eat whatever is dished out day after day and like it, or go without!

Both of my nieces are very fussy eaters and rarely buy the lunch at school and instead prepare their own bag lunch every school morning. Both would throw fits if they were suddenly prohibited from bringing their own lunch! I can only imagine what kind of fuss is being raised among students and parents. But what scares me is that there are some parents who have no problem with the principal's policy.

Again, I stress my view as I have in previous posts is that complacency is not an option! The only option that should be available is that students be allowed the choice between the pot luck (and maybe Russian roulette?) served in the cafeteria or bring their own lunch, whether it be a baggie of carrot sticks or a box of Twinkies!

But the academy's principal did leave room for an exception; students with food allergies are exempt from her policy.

I think the school will be receiving a lot of doctor's notes in the coming days if the policy is not withdrawn...

Till next time, peace!

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