- Scotch Plains, NJ is not far from here. But, far enough away, I hope, that the Board of Education in my town does not get any ideas. I mean, can't a few things about childhood -- even in this stressed-out, overscheduled, linked-up, crazy world of ours -- be simple, uncomplicated, fun and sweet? Like a birthday cupcake.
Apparently, the Board of Education in Scotch Plains doesn't think so. They are contemplating outlawing birthday cupcakes in the classroom. Why? They're unhealthy. They're bad for kids with allergies. They're too expensive for some families. But mostly, they're unhealthy. OK, but first, let's review.
Let's talk about "hot lunch." You know, where they serve those nitrate-laden hot dogs and greasy pizza and fried chicken strips and no-whole-grain-anything bagels and full-fat cream cheese, shall we?
Let's talk about how teachers, from kindergarten through 12th grade, ply students with bribes of hard candy and candy bars.
Let's talk about principals who keep buckets of lolandops adn Twizzlers on their desks.
Let's talk about school fundraisers hawking high-end chocolate by the pound, tubs of processed artificially-flavored cookie dough, slabs of frozen (alleged) pizzas, frozen cheesecakes in 11 varieties, and bake sales up the hee-haa.
Let's talk about selling artificially flavored, artificially colored, preservative-rich ice cream at lunch.
Let's talk about candycanes and chocolate eggs and candycorn and sugar hearts that arrive home in backpacks at times of the year that we are no longer even allowed to name.
When we have finished talking about all of that, and about how all of that will have to be banned as well, then we can discuss cupcakes.
Till then, board members, go suck on a soy nut.
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Let Them Eat Cupcakes !
Posted by Lisa Romeo at 9:33 PM