Monday, February 10, 2014

American schools keep getting it wrong.

Item 2. Lunches.
Today I have a couple of more things to rant about with respect to American schools, because they keep doing things wrong.  I realize that these items may be isolated incidents but there are so many of them that keep popping up, that there must be something fundamentally wrong with the underlying education system in America.

Here's another example of what is still going on.
A California elementary school is facing a possible lawsuit after a teacher allegedly confiscated a six-year-old child’s Christmas candy canes and told him “Jesus is not allowed in school.”

Last December, Isaiah Martinez brought his first grade classmates at Merced Elementary School candy canes. Attached to each treat was a message explaining the religious legend surround the candies. The legend references a candy maker who created the candy cane to symbolize the life of Christ.

When the six-year-old boy arrived at school, his teacher noticed the religious message and immediately confiscated the gifts, according to Robert Tyler, the general counsel for Advocates for Faith & Freedom.

The teacher, identified by the AFF as Valerie Lu, then consulted with the supervising principal who instructed her to prevent Isaiah from distributing the candy canes.
I don’t remember so much of this going on in the schools against religion with previous presidents. Don’t get me wrong I’m not blaming Obama for this kind of behavior in schools and everywhere else. But he's certainly not busy calling schools out for it the way he is busy demonizing American business. He's got his priorities wrong, and it shows when these sorts of stories pop up again and again.

Here's yet another example.
A New Jersey mother says her fifth grade son’s school has repeatedly taken her child’s lunch and thrown it away over unpaid cafeteria balances -- despite having apologized for doing as much in the past.

“This to me is a form of bullying," Amy Ross told NBC 10 after the latest incident, earlier in January, involving her 10-year-old son, Jake, who has a form of autism called Asperger’s Syndrome, and officials at Smithville Elementary School in Galloway Township, N.J. “It’s between the parents and the cafeteria. It’s not between the child and the lunch lady. Let the kids eat their lunch."

Ross’s questioning of the school comes the same week the Salt Lake School District in Utah made headlines for doing the same thing.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports Uintah Elementary School officials in Salt Lake City replaced about 32 elementary school students' $2 lunches with fruit and milk on Tuesday because of insufficient or negative balances.

The Tribune cites a school district spokesman as later explaining cafeteria workers could not tell who was behind on their lunch accounts until after a child was given their food.

Once a child showed a negative balance, the already-issued lunch was reportedly confiscated and thrown away for sanitary reasons.

"I think it’s despicable," Erica Lukes, whose 11-year-old daughter saw her lunch replaced, told the paper. "These are young children that shouldn’t be punished or humiliated for something the parents obviously need to clear up."
What's missing from these schools is common sense.  And it appears to me to be getting worse and worse.

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