Nanny State

Earlier this month, a school district in suburban Chicago made news when it announced its plan to opt out of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), forgoing $900,000 a year in federal funds. David Schuler, superintendent of Township High School District 214, made a sympathetic case for the district’s decision, telling public radio’s Here and […]


A few weeks ago, the Internet was buzzing over news reports that an elementary school in Richmond, VA — allegedly in accordance with federal law — is requiring parents to obtain a doctor’s note if they want to send a home-packed lunch to school with their child.   Then, this week, Dr. Yoni Freedhoff reported on his […]


Food In the Classroom: Teachers Speak Out

by Bettina Elias Siegel on April 26, 2012

Yesterday’s manifesto against food in the classroom, which I pounded out at my keyboard in a fit of complete frustration and anger, has clearly resonated with a lot of people.  With three exceptions (two of which I couldn’t print because they contained such foul language), comments posted here and on Twitter and Facebook have uniformly […]


Wall Street Journal Plays Gotcha with Sarah Palin on Obesity Issue

by Bettina Elias Siegel on January 4, 2011

Over the TLT winter break, the Wall Street Journal editorial page did a nice job of skewering Sarah Palin for her recent, well-publicized attacks on Michelle Obama’s anti-childhood obesity efforts, all in the name of “personal freedom.” As I wrote here a few weeks ago, coming down on the First Lady for her concern over […]


Former Alaska governor and Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin has criticized proposed school nutrition guidelines in Pennsylvania which would limit the sweets allowed for classroom and holiday parties at school, and which would encourage parents to serve more healthy snacks like fruits or vegetables.  The Pennsylvania State Board of Education is scheduled to vote on the […]