I’m looking for good news for you. Really.
This ain’t it.
Texas is considering adding kids’ BMI to their report cards.
Arkansas was planning to do the same thing last year, until a near riot among parents made the school district decide to send home private letters (at what cost I do not want to know) to parents instead. These letters told parents their kids’ weight, height, and BMI, and then added information about whether the child was “at risk” for obesity.
I’m not exactly opposed to this – it’s just collecting data – except that this was all the school district did.
They didn’t change what they were feeding kids in the school lunch room (a steady diet of chicken nuggets, pizza, corn dogs, tater tots, and cookies – the only vegetable ever served was corn).
They didn’t increase gym classes or recess time.
They didn’t stop selling candy and ice cream to the students after school every single day, as part of their school funding.
They didn’t take the soda machines out of the school hallways.
Nope. They just reported the data. Just set the students up to fail and then humiliated them for failing.
Now Texas is planning to do the same thing – and to spend how much money doing it?
I can think, off-hand, of about eighty better ways to spend that money in the public school system.
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