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Massachusetts Schools Ban Bake Sales: Healthy or Half-Baked?

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In an attempt to curtail youth obesity, the Massachusetts school system has placed a ban on junk food that extends from a half-hour before school starts to a half-hour after it ends. That means on-campus bake sales are a no-go, and it has no shortage of critics. Some students and parents are hailing the ban as a vast overreach of government -- a "nanny state" measure that cannot be tolerated.

One blogger at PJ Media wrote, "It’s over. The whole American experiment. Over. Done." Lauren Smith, the medical director for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health explained, "We're at a place in Massachusetts where one-third of our kids in schools are either overweight or obese. [The goal is to] create an environment in schools where kids have an opportunity to make choices among healthy options." Do you think banning junk food (and consequentially, bake sales) is a good idea -- or is it half-baked?

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  • RandyScott (Party of One) 2012/05/09 17:24:18
    Half-baked
    RandyScott (Party of One)
    +17
    Just another sign that the Government wants to control every aspect of your life. I'm waiting for the day that the Government takes you children at birth to make sure they are raised properly. It can't be far off when people actually think the Government should have anything at all to do with what your children are eating.

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  • Ron Burgundy "Gentleman Lover" 2012/07/26 23:57:49
    Half-baked
    Ron Burgundy "Gentleman Lover"
    now what?
  • Ryoka∞Boy 2012/05/23 08:22:32
    Half-baked
    Ryoka∞Boy
    Control..control..control.
  • Grammar Freak 2012/05/17 16:30:50
    Half-baked
    Grammar Freak
    Though I personally disagree with the decision, it is one made by Massachusetts, not by the federal government. If Mass wants it, then that's their business. If the voters in Mass don't want it, they need to get active in their state government & get rid of it. That's all there is to it.

    It only becomes a national issue when the federal government starts to discuss such a regulation.
  • Brynn 2012/05/16 03:22:06
  • missoni 2012/05/14 03:51:36 (edited)
    Healthy
    missoni
    I understand people are angry and think its 'taking away their rights'. Yes they're your children, but some of the crap that is being sold in American supermarkets and being baked is just disgusting. America is still number one on the country with the highest obesity rate. I honestly don't see how how a ban on junk food 1 hour before school and 1 hour after is such a burden to deal with?

    I'm sure there are a million other 'fairs and fetes' where the children and parents can bake food and sell it for charity or other things. I mean the school needs to project a healthy eating image. Its happening in other countries and no one has gotten angry, instead the parents are happier. In Australian public schools, surgery food, fizzy drink, lollies and other bad food has been band from the tuckshop (cafeteria) and everyone is happy. I don't see why all of you have to go over the top and say its effecting 'your freedom and rights'. I'm sorry, but your damaging and effecting your child's freedom to health when you let them consume utter crap.

    Considering parents can still stuff their children's lunch boxes with ghastly sugared goods and give them money to eat at the cafeteria, I don't think its the biggest issue. I think its about time. Its for the better of the children, not the parents w...

    I understand people are angry and think its 'taking away their rights'. Yes they're your children, but some of the crap that is being sold in American supermarkets and being baked is just disgusting. America is still number one on the country with the highest obesity rate. I honestly don't see how how a ban on junk food 1 hour before school and 1 hour after is such a burden to deal with?

    I'm sure there are a million other 'fairs and fetes' where the children and parents can bake food and sell it for charity or other things. I mean the school needs to project a healthy eating image. Its happening in other countries and no one has gotten angry, instead the parents are happier. In Australian public schools, surgery food, fizzy drink, lollies and other bad food has been band from the tuckshop (cafeteria) and everyone is happy. I don't see why all of you have to go over the top and say its effecting 'your freedom and rights'. I'm sorry, but your damaging and effecting your child's freedom to health when you let them consume utter crap.

    Considering parents can still stuff their children's lunch boxes with ghastly sugared goods and give them money to eat at the cafeteria, I don't think its the biggest issue. I think its about time. Its for the better of the children, not the parents who always think they know best.

    Also taxpayers and republicans get really angry when the government intervenes but then complains when the taxes are higher. Lower obesity rates means lower taxes, mean less spending on self inflicted health related issues. Think bout it? You can't always have it both ways.
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  • Cora 2012/05/13 23:12:13
    Half-baked
    Cora
    We all should have SELF CONTROL and PARENTS should be in control of how much children eat, especially sugary foods. Sugar is number one of too many health causes.
    EVERYTHING IN MODERATION.
  • sandra 2012/05/13 22:43:33
    Half-baked
    sandra
    Stupid, I wonder when they`re going to put a stop to the girl guides selling cookies. Just a matter of time.
  • Revolution 2012 2012/05/12 14:49:29 (edited)
    Half-baked
    Revolution 2012
    +2
    Wait, who is Governer of Massachusetts again? Oh right, it's Mitt Romney, the "presumptive" nominee for US presidency! What a huge overreach of government, dictating what children can eat at schools. This country is rapidly turning into a fascist oligarchy, a plutocratic dictatorship, one that the people will have little or no role in. I see this policy as another stab in the back of America. I sincerely hope that liberty and rightness will prevail over this kind of infringement of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.
  • Lynda Deming 2012/05/11 13:56:18
    Half-baked
    Lynda Deming
    +3
    Get the government the hell out of my life!

    Don't want our kids, or adults for that matter, fat? Quit injecting our meat supply with growth hormones and steroids!
  • Jen 2012/05/11 04:23:16
    Half-baked
    Jen
    +1
    Ridiculous! It was OK for them to ban prayer, God and high morals from public schools nationwide; they told teachers their curriculum can teach our students Creation is a theory , but not to omit Evolution from science; the Godless politicians who are running ( and ruining) Education committees in U.S. gave teachers permission to corrupt our children's minds by telling them homosexuality is morally-acceptable because it is politically correct. Let me tell you that this latest ban of Bake sales in Massachusetts schools now allows them control of one's body, eating habits. Any government-funded school systems have already corrupted kids's minds in the classrooms!
    The politicians making these awful decisions "for our own good" have gone too far. They aren't suppose to limit people's liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Who will inspect what food the lawmakers have at their disposal via capitol vending machines?
  • JJ Jen 2012/05/11 19:51:33
  • Grammar... Jen 2012/05/17 16:27:56
    Grammar Freak
    First, I agree that the federal government should not be involved in dictating what food is available in public schools, but it isn't. This is a state issue. If the voters in Massachusetts want these kinds of rules, that's their prerogative. It isn't on the federal level.

    Secondly, what the hell does this issue have to do with what's told in classrooms? Both are issues that can be dealt with on a state-by-state basis (as we've seen in Kansas).
    If you don't like what's taught in your public schools, get involved & change it. If your voice is the loudest, you might just get something done. However, if you are in the minority, then you're just s.o.l. But what is taught in the classroom & what food is available in schools are not exactly related issues other than that they are both controllable on the state or even local level.

    As to your comment on homosexuality being taught in schools, most teachers don't comment on whether or not homosexuality is "morally-acceptable," but they simply discuss what it means. There are plenty of students who are either homosexual themselves or have family members who are. If a teacher has a kid in class who's obviously struggling with such issues, rejecting or condemning him/her is not necessarily the best thing for the kid, but only pushes ...&&&&&&

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    First, I agree that the federal government should not be involved in dictating what food is available in public schools, but it isn't. This is a state issue. If the voters in Massachusetts want these kinds of rules, that's their prerogative. It isn't on the federal level.

    Secondly, what the hell does this issue have to do with what's told in classrooms? Both are issues that can be dealt with on a state-by-state basis (as we've seen in Kansas).
    If you don't like what's taught in your public schools, get involved & change it. If your voice is the loudest, you might just get something done. However, if you are in the minority, then you're just s.o.l. But what is taught in the classroom & what food is available in schools are not exactly related issues other than that they are both controllable on the state or even local level.

    As to your comment on homosexuality being taught in schools, most teachers don't comment on whether or not homosexuality is "morally-acceptable," but they simply discuss what it means. There are plenty of students who are either homosexual themselves or have family members who are. If a teacher has a kid in class who's obviously struggling with such issues, rejecting or condemning him/her is not necessarily the best thing for the kid, but only pushes the kid into further dilemma. Teachers generally only allowed to explain what it is (if they discuss such things at all). There have always been health classes in public schools. They have taught about sexuality & puberty for decades. But to deny that there are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transsexual students &/or people in the students' lives, is just silly. They are here, there & everywhere. There is no making them go away. There are questions that kids want answered & sometimes they don't feel comfortable asking at home for a variety of reasons. It seems to me that your attitude only causes the teachers themselves more distress as well as the students. The teacher is in quite the predicament when asked by a student/class what's going on with this or that. It's all around kids. Why shouldn't they be able to discuss it in the classroom? Morality is the parents' job. But far too many parents choose not to discuss it at all, hoping it will just go away or something. Or else they degrade & belittle people they disagree with. Most of the time that just causes the kid more confusion & distress... especially when they have friends/acquaintances at school who identify themselves or are identified by others as something other than "straight." Kids have to turn somewhere.

    All the wishing & praying in the world certainly is not going to change what is. You can dislike it & disagree with it, but it is the way it is. Teaching kids hate is not the answer & will certainly not make their lives any better or easier. We do all have to live together. Acceptance does not mean agreement. So, in my opinion, if you want to teach your kids something that will help them, teach them acceptance & tolerance. It will make their lives easier. That does not mean teaching them to approve of it. It means teaching the kids that though you don't approve of those who identify/live other than "straight," you accept them as a part of our society with the same right to exist as anyone else. (Remember, there were no exceptions in Jesus' word to "Love the children.")

    If you don't want your state to dictate what food is available in your public school system, then raise your voice to your state government & your local school system. You have the power until you give it away.
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  • Selketskiss 2012/05/11 00:47:18
    Half-baked
    Selketskiss
    +1
    That blogger was right it's over...America as we knew it is gone...
  • Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F 2012/05/10 23:00:45
    Half-baked
    Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F
    +1
    Just like a liberal state to take the fun out of fundraising and fun things for kids. This isn't about obesity, it's about MORE Obamunist government control over our lives.
  • KB 2012/05/10 22:07:07
    Half-baked
    KB
    +3
    This is why I hate living in this sate. Everything is regulated or banned outright. The schools complain about not enough money being raised to help the school, but when someone says, "Hey, let's do a bake sale.That will raise plenty of money." they bitch that it's unhealthy.
  • Jan Haskell 2012/05/10 21:20:00
    Half-baked
    Jan Haskell
    +1
    Gee whiz, someday there will be no little pleasures left in life if this trend continues!
  • MJ 2012/05/10 21:18:14
    Half-baked
    MJ
    +2
    Half Baked!!
  • Michaela★ 2012/05/10 21:07:27 (edited)
    Half-baked
    Michaela★
    +3
    Bake sales are to raise money for a particular fundraiser, typically in correspondence to the school and its students, so if they do that they will have less money to spend as a school on education for the students and other events (prom, graduation, ect...). Honestly, why don't we just suck the fun right out of life! Hey Government? Back the hell off! and Massachusetts? It sucks I have to live 10 minutes away from you when dumb decisions like this are being done there.
  • bettyboop 2012/05/10 20:17:08
    Half-baked
    bettyboop
    +2
    Just dumb to say the least
  • becky.kuntz1 2012/05/10 19:49:18
    Half-baked
    becky.kuntz1
    +2
    selling some cookies to kids during school is not an unhealthy thing. People just need to remember most things are okay, in moderation!
  • Bill 2012/05/10 19:47:27
    Half-baked
    Bill
    +1
    I think the one's that ban the bake sale are themselves, half baked. They need to get a grip.
  • rugrat1411 2012/05/10 19:34:55
    Half-baked
    rugrat1411
    +2
    This world is going to HELL fast!!!
  • wow-really 2012/05/10 18:50:24
    Half-baked
    wow-really
    +5
    All I can think to say is...
    WOW! Really?

    facepalms for government
  • Margaret Jacobson 2012/05/10 18:48:33
    Half-baked
    Margaret Jacobson
    THE MASS school system needs to get REAL.......BAKE SALES TEACH KIDS HOW TO DO FOR THEMSELVES !!! THE schools NEED to educate the children.....let everyone do their part, let parents dictate what their children consume....NOT THE GOVERNMENT !! Get the government off everybodies back !! LEAVE THE SCHOOLS IN THE JURIDICTION OF THE LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD !!!
  • Lynda D... Margare... 2012/05/11 14:02:22
    Lynda Deming
    +1
    Yes, "BAKE SALES TEACH KIDS HOW TO DO FOR THEMSELVES" and we absolutely, positively cannot have that! If they learn to do for themselves then they won't be willing to suck off the government for the rest of their lives. That is what this is all about...CONTROL!
  • Portholus 2012/05/10 18:41:56
    Half-baked
    Portholus
    If the school system has a way to raise money that we do not know about it will be interesting. Bake sales, candy bar sales, etc are used to raise money for school functions so that the students/families do not have to try to come up with outlandish sums of money to allow their kids to go on various trips.

    If they are so worried about obesity, then educate the students...THAT IS THE SCHOOLS MAIN JOB!!! It is not up to the school to raise the child or dictate what the child eats. It is up to the parents. The school is there to educate a student. Stop trying to take more power than you should and do the job you are supposed to do to begin with.
  • Maverick Capitalist 2012/05/10 18:04:16
    Half-baked
    Maverick Capitalist
    The Mass legislature came to their senses and shot this thing down. But that doesn't mean this is not going to crop up every where. Chocolate milk in some California schools is banned. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-5...
  • Xerxes,Phantom of PHAET 2012/05/10 17:40:04
    Half-baked
    Xerxes,Phantom of PHAET
    Did I miss a vote where the state and federal governments are the only ones allowed to raise America's children, school systems need to try doing their jobs which to educate and parents need to do their job, and if this means one parent stay home then so be it
  • POWERSHAKER 2012/05/10 17:18:50
  • JJ 2012/05/10 17:16:48
    Half-baked
    JJ
    The goal should be for parents to be taught about nutrition and ways for themselves and children to eat right. To force people is not the answer, but to give out info by way of pamplets, TV ads on nutrition, neighborhood talk clinics, etc. I mean there are ways to spread the word and get it out there, but it has to be a constant thing...not just spread about for a few days. And besides, they may not get it at school, but will at home or a friends, etc.Education is the key...constant education.
  • ROSEBUD 2012/05/10 17:13:32
    Half-baked
    ROSEBUD
    When I went to school those bake sales raised needed funds for a variety of things, like school trips & other social activities that schools couldn't afford without them. These people are carrying the nanny state too far & depriving the kids of a learning as well as a lesson in entreprenuership. This has nothing to do with junk food labeling since these are homemade baked goods by the parent of the child. Next they'll have the FDA come in to check the ingredients in your home!
  • mind-pilot 2012/05/10 17:09:42
    Healthy
    mind-pilot
    Ban them. Today's parents aren't all there. They'll put poison in the cookies or razors in the cakes. Americans aren't what they use to be. Or, if they have always been vindictive then it's coming out. Ban the cake-walk. It's sad to see America has come to this.
  • Lynda D... mind-pilot 2012/05/11 14:06:29
    Lynda Deming
    OMG! You are unbelievable. Why shouldn't the parents have the right to poison their kids instead of the government contaminating our food sources with sterilized seeds, chemicals, steroids, growth hormones and products from cloned animals without your knowledge?
  • mind-pilot Lynda D... 2012/05/11 14:24:26
    mind-pilot
    Your very comments are a sad commentary on the practices of todays parents. You should be protesting Monsanto not encouraging other parents to poison their own children.
  • Mike 2012/05/10 16:53:12
    Half-baked
    Mike
    +2
    Next up - sorry girls you can't sell girl scout cookies anymore
  • Melody 2012/05/10 16:43:04
    Healthy
    Melody
    Our children are only getting scant amounts of useful knowledge anyway, why hinder it with sugar and distraction?
  • Bob Melody 2012/05/10 22:32:32
    Bob
    +3
    Any Other Rights Do You Want To Take Away.
  • Melody Bob 2012/05/13 17:12:28
    Melody
    Is that a book title, or do you just enjoy senselessly capitalizing every word in a sentence..?
    Those aren't human rights, those are the rights of the STATE school system.
  • Brynn Melody 2012/05/15 12:22:21
    Brynn
    +2
    "Research from the Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia shows that eating milk chocolate or dark chocolate can improve memory by as much as 20%."

    http://www.memory-improvement...
  • Melody Brynn 2012/05/16 03:10:40
    Melody
    Sure, that'd help them remember things.. if they actually pay attention, but adding sugar to an already short attention span is pretty counterproductive to learning.
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