The lack of leadership by the Cobb Board of Education and that of the Marietta School Board with respect to implementing the new food and snack laws is amazing.
I remember when the government pressed for laws regarding seat belts in cars, for the use of heavy duty car seats for infants and children, helmets for bike and motor cyclists, and even requiring children under a certain size to sit in the rear seat of an automobile. These were also met with resistance at first, but I doubt that any intelligent person today would not agree that countless lives have been saved, and much suffering and needless expense has been avoided over the years. There are so many of these kinds of examples one could point to.
Can our school board members not see beyond raising money and politics? Will they continue to refuse to see the “greater good” of educating children about better nutrition even when families don’t understand the benefits?
Real education requires setting examples and doing, not just telling children and teenagers to eat well. (Strange that a certain high school principal doesn’t appear to understand this concept.)
The bottom line is that there is more concern over “potential revenue loss through fundraising” and junk food sales from vending machines than in improving the health of our children for a lifetime.
Perhaps the boards should be honest with their communities and request additional funding when necessary, and not be so manipulated by the food industry and political policy.