Re: [nyceducationnews] The cookies crumble: School ban on home-baked goods is a nutcake idea
Chancellor Joel Klein, often pilloried unfairly by parents for being tone deaf,
The Daily News editors make the easy and obvious choice in going against Klein on the bake sale ban but won't do so on anything that's truly meaningful, but even in this case they couldn't resist taking a defensive swipe in passing at parents for being unfair to poor little Joel. Somehow, though, labeling parent accusations against him as mere "tone deafness" seems like it rather dramatically understates the case.
From: Leonie Haimson <leonie@...>
Sent: Sun, Feb 28, 2010 6:44 pm
Subject: [nyceducationnews] The cookies crumble: School ban on home-baked goods is a nutcake idea
Now the NY Post and the Daily News are on record against the ridiculous bake sale ban – and it also got a very negative story in the NY times. This is the first time I can remember the News editors opposing Joel Klein on any of his nutcake ideas.
The cookies crumble: School ban on home-baked goods is a nutcake ideaSaturday, February 27th 2010, 4:00 AMThere's no way to sugar-coat this: The Education Department's new policy on bake sales is, well, half-baked.Chancellor Joel Klein, often pilloried unfairly by parents for being tone deaf, this time really had a tin-foil ear. He ought to overrule the educrat, Deputy Chancellor Kathleen Grimm, who came up with the idea of all but banning homemade chocolate chip cookies, brownies and the like.Sorry, Mom. Grimm doesn't care how much you want to share your recipe with your kid's friends. Keep a lid on it.Meanwhile, junk food - actual salt-laden, nutritionally empty, as-sold-at-your- corner-deli junk food - is permitted under the rules any old time.Cool Ranch Reduced Fat and Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos are okay with Grimm. So are Frosted Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop-Tarts. And Linden's Butter Crunch, Chocolate Chip and Fudge Chip Cookies.What makes these snacks acceptable?Well, they come in single-serving packages and contain no more than 200 calories (except some do anyway).They have no artificial sweeteners - though ingredients include Red 4D, Blue 1 and Yellow 5 dyes, as well as disodium inosinte and disodium guanylate, high-fructose corn syrup, wheat starch, glycerin and TBHQ for freshness.They also have big brand names. And they are, perhaps not coincidentally, the same products sold in school vending machines.The absurdity is plain. An extra cupcake purchased at an occasional bake sale is not going to tip a kid into obesity, but the extra dough parents raise at such an event could be put to good use.So what if homemade cupcakes have butter and sugar and maybe molasses? They're also baked with love, which you can't get in a box of Pop-Tarts. And without parent-friendly common sense, a chancellor's job will be that much harder.
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