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soliver wrote:I can see how frustrated you are about this.
I was just about to suggest writing a letter but see you've done that. When government is involved there is just so much red tape to make changes.
Maybe an easier route would be, instead of asking the dangerous and offensive material and foods to be removed, request the addition of healthier foods to be included. You probably have to band together with other concerned parents.
One of the ways to completely avoid this is to homeschool your children. Which is what I've done for my kids from the beginning. I have my first high school graduate this year, so I've been doing this for 12 years now. I think homeschooling the early years is the best time, that way if they ever do go back to public school they have a foundation.
- My 9 year old received poor marks on the "food groups" because she couldn't identify certain cuts of meat.
soliver wrote:Homeschooling is a challenge, don't I know it. This last year we went with a virtual academy, called K12, they send you everything you need and it's funded so nothing comes out of your pocket unless you want to do a field trip or something. It's been a lifesaver for me. They operate schools in most states, you may want to have your wife take a look to see if it's something she would be interested in. That way you have most of the control.
This caught my eye, you wrote:- My 9 year old received poor marks on the "food groups" because she couldn't identify certain cuts of meat.
I was raised in a kosher home and when we were learning the 4 food groups in Kindergarten I never knew what the weird pink thing was. Later found out it was ham.
They should have them identify all the fruits and veggies, bet your kids will be on top with that one!
ETeSelle wrote:Can't you send them w/ lunches from home? Perhaps you addressed this and I missed it. I sure never ate school lunches--nasty! My mom packed us lunches until 8th grade or so, when we started packing our own (following same guidelines). They weren't McD healthy, but they were a heckuva lot better than what was being served at school!
Carroll wrote:I just wanted to add that homeschooling really doesn't have to be that challenging or involve that much work on the part of mom and dad.... really most of school time is wasted so if you do anything it's a bonus and it sounds like you are already doing so much with your kids.... the only difference will be they will have so much more time and energy to enjoy all that extra you are already doing!
Being able to provide healthy food options for my children was a big motivator for me to homeschool... well, one of about a hundred or so big motivators, heh.
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