Friday, January 18, 2008
During fifth period the other day, I bought a box lunch consisting of popcorn chicken, Cheetos, and chocolate milk, and as I was taking out my wallet, I was prompted to take an apple. I told the lunch lady, "I'm not going to eat it, though. I'll probably just end up throwing it away." She replied, "I don't care. The state requires that students have a serving of fruit at lunch, sir."
I wanted to continue the conversation, but I decided not to due to the horde of angry students in line behind me.
As humans, isn't our ability to consciously exercise free will the one distinction between us and everything else? Am i not entitled to eat whatever I want?
I know the intent of this law is good, but where was the rationalization for such a rule "requiring students to eat a fruit" during lunch at school? Will eating one apple a day at school somehow negate all the processed junk food we eat? Not a chance. Will eating one apple a day at school promote a healthier change in our eating habits? Definitely not. If I don't want an apple, I don't want an apple. Please give it to someone who wants or needs it.