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    Filed at 12:35 pm under by dcobranchi

    That’s the drumbeat leading us to compulsory weigh-ins in the g-schools. Think I’m kidding?

    With 9 million overweight schoolchildren, a number that has tripled since 1980, the new findings aim to give education leaders a traditional motivation for making changes: money.

    At least nine states that get state money based on student attendance, for example, are losing an estimated tens of millions of dollars because of absenteeism, a problem caused in part by the poor nutrition and inactivity of those missing school, the study says.

    You know, I seriously doubted they could do it, but I should have had more faith. They pulled it off. Even the obesity mania is now “All About the Money” (TM). Thank God we homeschool.

    3 Responses to “BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!”

    Comment by
    September 24th, 2004
    at 1:47 pm

    Interesting – the cheerleaders can’t have weigh ins because it is demeaning – but it’s OK to demean the whole school?

    Not that I expect logic in a government school…

    Comment by
    September 24th, 2004
    at 9:24 pm

    Let’s see, they line the halls of our schools with soda and candy machines, eliminate recess and playgrounds, make gradeschoolers sit still for 7 hours a day, and then complain that they are overweight? More time playing and less time in the classroom would benefit kids physically and mentally. What a radical concept.
    It would not surprise me to find that OSHA requires more break time than elementary school kids are allowed.

    Comment by
    karen ehatt
    September 26th, 2004
    at 9:18 pm

    They did this at our county’s schools last year. My girls came home from 3rd and 4th grades telling me how the gym teacher had put them all on the scale and screeched their weights across the room. One 3rd grade boy weighed 125. The mean-as-a-snake gym teacher gave dieting advice to some kids. Parents had no notification of this beforehand. I read in the paper the next day about the “body mass index” program being done in some Maryland counties as it is in Massachusetts. I e-mailed the person at the board of ed. whose brilliant remarks were quoted in the paper, and his entire response to me was “thank you for your comment.”

    I had met with this man a few months earlier about my 7th grader being subjected to a banana-condom demonstration by a wise-ass science teacher. The worst part of this is that the demonstration was not the most offensive part of the “family life” science unit as taught by this person, who had supposedly undergone rigorous training. The principal tried to fire him; the board of ed. and teachers’ union wouldn’t let her; the principal backed off and allowed him to finish the year. Turns out he had “resigned,” effective at year’s end, a few months before he did his demonstration.

    Well, needless to say I’m home schooling this year. We are into week 5 and going strong.