Which would bother you more - daily PE or someone taking away your kid's lunch?

@mommyboo (13198)
United States
February 19, 2012 2:49pm CST
As a parent, would it bother you if you received word from the school that they would now be requiring daily PE so you needed to ensure your child brought shoes in their backpack they could run and play in during PE time? I would be THRILLED. How about - as a parent, would it bother you if you received word from the school that they were going to begin critiquing what your child brought for lunch and if they decided they didn't 'like' what your child brought, they would begin charging you for school lunch? I would be PISSED. What do you say? Don't you think it would be better to do the first thing than the second?? Less red tape, LESS MONEY, FEWER ANGRY PARENTS.
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@stringer321 (3713)
• Kiryat Ata, Israel
19 Feb 12
I'm not really sure what a PE is but it sounds like a 60 minuts of doing sport so I would not mind adding my son shoes for sport. About the school checking what my son eat ...It's good if they care for my son's health but I won't accept if they think my son's food is not healthy enaugh. I will go to the school and ask to see what is better and consult a professional dietitian. And , what is the red tape thing all about ? Maybe it's part of the PE that I don't know. I can only say it is very important to get involved in what's going on with the child in the school. The education system is not perfect and need improvements.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
7 Mar 12
I'm sorry, by red tape I mean having trouble getting things settled. A lot of people here in this country just cause trouble for each other rather than taking the most direct route to solve a problem. This has been going on since the beginning of time and doesn't appear to be improving at all. Yes, PE stands for Physical Education, which IS an important part of schooling and education in general, especially with the rates of childhood obesity, numbers of overweight children and adults, and all the health problems that come along with inactive lazy young people who then turn into inactive lazy older people. I think the school and education in general need to focus on POSITIVE ways of increasing daily activity, not focus on NEGATIVE things like critiquing food.
• United States
19 Feb 12
They would never take m child's lunch so that would never bother me. I love gym and would not mind sending in the shoes or having my child wear them to school. so both of these would be just fine with me. It is not hard to make a healthy lunch..
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
7 Mar 12
Well, apparently at at least one school, some IDIOT at the school somehow determined a child's turkey sandwich and apple or something was a not a complete and balanced lunch and they gave the kid a hot lunch - and charged the parents - of which the kid only ate 3 chicken nuggets. I would HOPE I never find out about any school taking any lunch items from my child because darn if I'm going to pay them for a lunch I didn't purposely intend to BUY.
• United States
19 Feb 12
Daily PE is not a requirement in all schools? That's ridiculous. We had PE every day for the first 6 years and then in middle school it became an option. You HAD to take at least one semester of it but it was either that or choir/band. I can't understand how this is even a question. No wonder American children are fat.
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@p1kef1sh (45638)
19 Feb 12
The former doesn't happen often enough here and the latter all too often. That said I think that parents often do pack the wrong kind of stuff for their children. But perhaps guidelines would help.
• United States
19 Feb 12
I sort of agree with you, but then there are a lot of kids nowadays that have to pack their own lunches due to the parents not being around to do it for them. I don't really think it's the schools place to decide what's good for a child when it comes to lunch. I think they should be paying more attention to teaching our children than criticizing what a parent or child packs for their lunches. Maybe then the kids' grades would go up instead of a lot of schools losing their accredidiations. (Not sure I spelled that right. Not one of the words I was taught in school lol)
@p1kef1sh (45638)
19 Feb 12
Isn't nutrition and healthy eating part of a teacher's role too? We may live on a diet of burgers and fries but we are not really designed that way.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
7 Mar 12
I would rather the schools pay more attention to making sure kids are physically active for at least 60 minutes a day rather than attack from a nutrition standpoint. Even people who have a healthy diet but sit on their butts and do nothing are in trouble - there are plenty of people who appear thin and in good shape and for all intents and purposes, they are 'skinny-fat'.... they still have elevated levels of things like blood pressure and body fat and cholesterol, they may still be pre-diabetic, they are most likely NOT IN SHAPE and couldn't pass the simplest fitness test with any level of proficiency. THAT is more important that breathing down people's necks about what they eat. If you have healthy physical/exercise habits, a less than optimal diet will not hurt you as much. I have issues with schools criticizing and critiquing parents anyway and they should not be able to do that UNLESS there is proof that a parent is abusive or neglectful. I'm not talking heresay or a teacher on a power trip. I'm talking ACTUAL EVIDENCE. Outside that, schools have no right to say anything.
• United States
20 Feb 12
when huckabee was governor in arkansas, he set it up that there was daily p.e. in every class every day. then he took out all sugary snacks. don't even think about bringing in any type of store bought desserts for any occassion as they weren't allowed either. it didn't bother my kids at all. what bothered me most is, i would recieve a letter every year telling me if my kids were fat or normal. i figure if my kids are healthy and happy, leave them alone! if the school says that you make too much money to have reduced/free meals, leave the kids alone. don't take their home lunches away to give them school food and then charge for it. that's crossing the parent line and it really needs to stop.schools are not meant to be parents. schools are not the ones that carried the child for nine months. the schools are not the ones that got up in the middle of the night when the child was sick or scared. schools don't tell me how to raise my kids.
• United States
22 Feb 12
"what bothered me most is, i would recieve a letter every year telling me if my kids were fat or normal." OMG that would make me somad! the school has NO right telling anyone they are "fat" or "normal" that is the job of your family doctor/pediatrician I agree! as long as your kids are happy and healthy (according to your doctor) the school can keep their opinions to themselves
• United States
11 Mar 12
I think kids should have daily PE, I think colleges should promote it as well but not require it. I also think on a bit of a side note that if they don't have PE everyday then they should give them longer recess times during the day. My kids get two 10 minute recesses and honestly by the time a person gets on their clothes to go outside in winter their recess is gone. The kids need that time to relax and destress! Lunch, I could see that. They send a list home of "suggestions" of what the kids can have for snack and lunch. They don't want the kids to have a lunch bag full of little debbies, cookies, and other high calorie HFC loaded junk. The part that angers me for my kids is they don't get enough time to eat they spend a portion of their lunch time in line waiting to get their food rather than eating.
@garson (886)
• United States
5 Mar 12
For those of you who do not know what PE is, it stands for Physical Education. In other words, it's a class of physical exercises. I just responded to a thread about a school who take away a student's lunch brought from home (based on an article). Almost similar to that one, I see no reasons why a school needs to critique lunch brought from home. I would say that this school is probably asking for a huge trouble. Is this really happening to you?
• United States
22 Feb 12
I am glad most schools K-8 make PE mandatory! I saw on the news that a kid was FORCED to eat a chicken nugget school meal because the sandwich/banana/milk lunch her mom packed wasnt good enough according to the school. I would be LIVID if my kids' school did that. I have already told my kids that if the school questions whats in their lunches they are to call me immediately and under NO circumstance are they to eat a school lunch without talking to me first.
@bellis716 (4805)
• United States
21 Feb 12
Yo u seem to be comparing apples and pickles. The only connection is that a parent has received a message from the child's school. If the lunch room police does not like my child's lunch he brought from home, he or she can pay for the school lunch that my child will dump in the garbage. I would not pay for anything I did not a authorize.
@4mymak (1796)
• Malaysia
21 Feb 12
hi boo... i dont think we will have any problem with school taking away our kid's lunch, becoz we bring / buy our own food here.. no such thing as 'provided by school' - those are only for who 'qualify' (very low income family). as for daily PE.. it's neither ok nor not ok with me.. i like it that my kids get to have 'supervised' exercise everyday, but.. at the sametime.. the laundry.. the cleaning.. that - i am not so thrilled about..
• United States
20 Feb 12
The PE thing I would have no problem with. In fact I would make sure Any son of mine Had walking/ running shoes for school anyway. But if the Food Nazis tried to force feed my child I wouldn't let them. if they are going to take their lunch like a bully then I would either take my son out of school Or Johnny wouldn't eat until dinner, like his mother! I wouldn't pay for a school lunch either. They can try to force me but I will not. In fact would hope they would arrest me Over this lunch thing so I could get the press and the ACLU involved! Thankfully I have no children and Never will have them. And if I did, they wouldn't go to Any public school. That way they would Actually learn something other than how to take a test and get to eat what They like , Not what the Food Nazis say they should eat. What they don't know is kids won't eat what they don't like so by taking away their lunch means they will fast during the day and Over eat at night! I know that is what I would have done. I was and still am a picky eater. If I couldn't bring what I wanted to eat, I woud have just not eat until dinner. but they will try and soon they will figure out how kids will sneak in snacks or not eat.
• United States
20 Feb 12
i'd be telling them straight out i'm calling a lawyer. that's crossing the line in my opinion.their job is to teach the kid,that's it. as far as PE,i'd be all for it.some kids need to stop being couch potatoes.
@JenInTN (27548)
• United States
20 Feb 12
I like the PE idea better. They have actually become quite strict here when it comes to lunches and such. They don't really provide the children that bring their lunch an appropriate place to store it nor is there a means to warm it up unless it is in the teacher's lounge. My daughter has long ago given up the idea of taking hers. They do have them walk around the outside of the school after their lunch of the weather permits. It is supposed to boost their metabolism.
@almond24 (1250)
• Hungary
20 Feb 12
I'm not a parent, but I guess I would be an unhappy one hearing these rules... Daily PE is fine if my kids like it, but there are kids who are a bit slower and get discriminated because of it. For them daily PE can be a punishment, and it very much depends on the teacher's attitude. About the school checking the kids food: it would be understandable if my kids get chocolate or junk food as a packed lunch. But if my children have food allergies will they be able to give them what they can eat? And if not, why would I have to pay for it?
@hunibani (720)
• Philippines
20 Feb 12
I hate school, they are over ruling in everything. And its so ridiculous they are going to take away the food, because they didn't like it? Or they want it for themselves and not for your kid .. PPFFF Madness!
@andy77e (5163)
• United States
20 Feb 12
Actually both would tick me off. We have one of the most expensive K-12 education systems in the world. Last I checked we spent more the Briton and France, and most of the other first world nations. Yet whenever our students are directly pitting against students from other countries, we never come in first, or even close. It's so embarrassing given the massive amount of money we put into it the system, that the government avoids direct competition. Yet, to me... and perhaps I am wrong somehow, it's seems pretty obvious why our kids are so stupid compared to the kids of other countries. Just look at the priorities... PE? Running around and playing? That's the goal of school? Kids can run around at home. If you really want them to learn how to be in shape, teach them to mow the lawn, sweep the floors, clean their rooms, fix dinner, clean the dishes. In short, make them work. You'll be shocked how in shape they'll be, and didn't even need a $70K tenured PE teacher at a government school. If schools focused on the main reason they exist, to teach kids the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic, you would have plenty of spare time to have fun and play... at home.
@scheng1 (24723)
• Singapore
20 Feb 12
Hi Mommyboo, the daily PE is a good idea. Over here, we have compulsory PE lessons, but not to the extent of having it every day. Some high schools have strong emphasis on physical well being, and all students need to return to school on weekend for a 5 miles run. These are the elite schools. Most schools have at least the minimum, but for those who like to compete in sports, they can join the sport team, and receive training from the professionals. I think schools should not charge for lunch or provide lunch. They can get operators from outdoor to serve healthy meals. Kids can choose to buy from the canteen in school or bring their own food.
@Boofybutt (316)
• United States
19 Feb 12
My kids enjoy PE, and my son would LOVE it if they had it everyday. I've ALWAYS let my kids help decide what to put in their lunches if I pack it for them, and I'm very proud to say that they keep it pretty balanced. They'll take a pb & j or lunchmeat & cheese, plus a couple of sides (1 usually being a fruit of some sort and the other sun chips or something like that), then a dessert and a drink (now the drink is a different story. It alternates between water, hugs juices, capri suns and on very rare occasions soda pop. My mom was telling me about that child this morning, and honestly I don't think PISSED would cover what I'd be if it happened to my child. What's to say that whoever's handling your child's food has even washed their hands, and what kind of germs are on it. And that's just the starter complaint with that. It's unsanitary, it leaves the child feeling bad and probably eating something they either don't like or can't have (due to health reasons or religious beliefs or whatever reason.) Then we'll get to the money part...I think as parents we put in so much money to our school systems we should be able to have MOST of the input into what is happening in the schools, from subjects, to recesses, to lunches and teachers/staff members. I would love to see them have more PE and more art and a whole lot less BS in general.
• Canada
19 Feb 12
I wouldn't mind sending in the shoes everyday to school for PE, infact I would be happy if they had PE everyday at their school and I'm sure my child would love it too. But, as for the school taking away my child's lunch I wouldn't tolerate that since I know very well what is good my child and how to pack a healthy lunch ...