Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Eating in

Some curious recommendations from the Toronto District School Board's nutrition task force regarding the board's middle schools. The National Post reported on the recommendation heading into the program and school services committee meeting earlier today, focusing solely on this recommendation, the 13th of 15 in the report. It recommends staff review and comment on middle-school students being kept at the school over lunch periods unless they have specific permission from parents.
It left me wondering if the reporter actually read the other recommendations.
Mr. (Gary) Crawford said he doesn't like the prospect of the board forcing children to stay in, especially because many middle schools in the city don't have cafeterias.
"Do they provide cafeteria food? Not necessarily. A lot of them have vending machines," he said. "If [students] have the money and they're walking home, they'll go after school anyway."
Well, if both the reporter and Crawford had read the entire report, they would have seen recommendation nine, which asks the development of cafeterias be included in the board's capital and facility planning. If the reporter did read that part, where's the followup question? Where's the clip from the report's author speaking to Crawford's concern?
The other recommendations dealt with the creation and promotion of healthier, local options for cafeteria lunches. There's some thought in this report to the issue of poor diets and nutrition in this age group, with an apparent goal of trying to reinforce healthy eating habits at this age that could carry into adult life.
Thinking about this reminds me of Jamie Oliver's school lunch campaign in the U.K.


Anonymous said...

just call it Nannystate 101.

I also heard on the news last night that this same board proposed to hire a curator to take care of the $5million dollar art collection currently sitting in the TDSB's vault.

Um, yep, $5million that could go to those things called students.

Better yet, how about letting those works of art be appreciated by students in their schools?

What next?

Anonymous said...

Agree Anon 1. Kids will go eat whatever they want. If there is no caf or if they want to leave school grounds, why not have a food cart on the grounds that sells good tasting, nutritious stuff. After all the City of Toronto just approved vendor carts to sell all kinds of foods.

Anonymous said...

So, what's the TDSB doing about improving their achievement levels these days?

Is this all that they've got to worry about...this and their pools?

Good grief!

Anonymous said...

Smoke and mirrors. Smoke and mirrors.