From Spiked Online: an intriguing op-ed on the school meals debacle, in which the author, amongst many other things, implies that our fear of certain food stuffs may be exaggerated. He may have a point if this kind of article (on trans fats) is anything to go by.
My quibble with Spiked: I do think there is a genuine problem. Yesterday, for example, we walked past a line of primary school children sitting along a wall, plumped there as if for our inspection. At least every third child was significantly overweight in a way which would mean that they couldn't run at any speed, or indeed rise from a chair with ease. This cannot be right, surely!
The problem with the school meal solution is that it could only really work in an age of automatic deference to authority, but do we really want to return to the days when we spent years gagging over liver and bacon, particularly when this way of doing things does so little to encourage reasoning skills or enhance personal responsibility? Ideally, what seems to be needed is the provision of close and persuasive argument in order to win hearts and minds but schools are unlikely to be able to offer this as a result of the usual difficulty with sheer weight of numbers and you can sympathise with parents who feel that they have to shed all those responsibilities as soon as a child steps through the school gates.
So still can't think of a good school solution and just keep thinking "Phew" thank heavens Ds and Dd are clear that want to stay with home education!