Monday, December 06, 2010

Michelle Wants to Ban Bake Sales

No more rice-crispy treats? Now you've gotten the school boards mad at you:
"This could be a real train wreck for school districts," Lucy Gettman of the National School Boards Association said Friday, a day after the House cleared the bill. "The federal government should not be in the business of regulating this kind of activity at the local level."
Will the PTAs be next?
Some parents say they are perplexed by what the new rules might allow.

In Seminole, Fla., the Seminole High Warhawks Marching Band's booster club held a bake sale to help send the band's 173 members to this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York. One of the bake sale's specialties: New York-style cheesecake, an homage to the destination they'd pursued for 10 years.

"Limiting bake sales is so narrow-minded," said Laura Shortway, whose 17-year-old daughter, Mallory, is a drummer in the band. "Having bake sales keeps these fundraisers community based, which is very appealing to the person making the purchase."
This was pretty predictable. Some unintended consequences of this anti-obesity push at Potluck.

But what really frosts me is that this is Michelle's focus--when her kids go to private schools--while we have violent schools, dream-killer legislators and systemic failure in our public education.

And we have this caveat as well. Don’t Kill the SAT Eliminating the SAT would cripple boys’ academic chances.

This is the debate.

Now I realize the First Lady is not the president. But adopting this as her issue is incredibly shallow given our challenges.

More. Via Memeorandum, Michelle Rhee reflects on her try at reforming D.C. schools:
After stepping down, I had a chance to reflect on the challenges facing our schools today and the possible solutions. The truth is that despite a handful of successful reforms, the state of American education is pitiful, and getting worse. Spending on schools has more than doubled in the last three decades, but the increased resources haven’t produced better results. The U.S. is currently 21st, 23rd, and 25th among 30 developed nations in science, reading, and math, respectively. The children in our schools today will be the first generation of Americans who will be less educated than the previous generation. [snip]

The public-employee unions in D.C., including the teachers’ union, spent huge sums of money to defeat Fenty. In fact, the new chapter president has said his No. 1 priority is job security for teachers, but there is no big organized interest group that defends and promotes the interests of children.
Rhee calls it a hostility to excellence. Best of luck fighting this. The teachers' union is the core of the Democrat party. I'd say a hostility to success as well. We see it in every one of their policies.

They want to take away individual initiative.

What will be the approved Big Government Big Michelle O snack, like the ObamaCare drug of "choice".

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