If I lived in Chicago, this would be one more reason why I homeschool. New rule --all kids must buy the cafeteria lunch -- no food brought from home -- no more lunch boxes -- no more brown bags -- no more letting parents decide what is best for their own kids. The school principal knows best, and knows better than you parents, who are doing it wrong. (Chicago Tribune)
My kids were picky eaters, but I always managed to find something healthy I could pack in their lunch. One day, called parent's day I got the full public school experience, including the cafeteria lunch. I could barely eat two bites. First, it was meager. Second, the corn looked like the pilgrims had brought it, and it had been canned.
Memories of my school cafeteria lunches were not happy -- though they were memorable. And for a few years I never bought the school lunch, priced at 35 cents, because the "noon-aide" forced everyone to stay at the table until their plate was clean. Kids would try to hide food in the empty milk carton, or sneak it into the trash, only to be caught and forced to sit back down, eat and raise their hand to be excused for recess when finished. Some kids sat there the entire lunch recess.
I remember nasty hamburgers, and nasty, thick, pasty chocolate pudding with aged, hardened miniature marshmellows on the top. I never ate it.
But that's not the only thing that bothers me about this decision. Government does not need to be the parent to all of our children. Nor should they be. This is wrong. I would definitely clash with this principal, who believes "her way" is the only way -- not even the highway. You as a parent in that school, must buy the $2.25 lunch. More money for the government, more control. Yikes.