LA schools have decided to ban “flavored milk,” permitting only milk-flavored milk. The issue, of course, is childhood obesity. Flavored milk has extra sugar. Regular milk is healthier. Don’t even ask about menthol milk; it’s been banned for years. This objection by a school board member makes sense to any parent who’s ever read the nutritional label:
(Galatzan) noted the district serves fruit juices containing 27 to 29 grams of sugar per serving, more than the amount of sugar in flavored milk – 20 grams in 8 ounces of fat-free chocolate milk and 27 grams in fat-free strawberry.
But it’s juice! Therefore it’s healthy, especially if it’s organic, and the fruit was fertilized with night-soil gathered from free-range goats. Here’s the quote that makes the shoulders sag with an almost inexpressible weariness:
The board's decision was applauded by several proponents in the audience.
"Thirty percent of our kids are obese or are on track to diabetes," said Jennie Cook of Food for Lunch, a coalition advocating nutritious school food. She has been pushing the district to eliminate flavored milk for the past year. "This is a social justice issue."
What isn’t? You could say that calling the grave peril of chocolate milk “a social justice issue” means all the others have been pretty much solved, but of course that’s not the case. Any desirable situation that has not yet come to pass is a “social justice” issue. The more injustices there are, the more we need the firm, wise hand of the State to herd us to a future that’s 47% more just - which will still be 83% more unjust than the future beyond that one.
One more point: who’s been serving up pizza and tater tots to the kids for decades? Public schools. A huge system with standardized menus and big suppliers takes forever to modify. Individual private schools, with vouchers for all, would be much more nimble and responsive, and serve the students and the parents much more efficiently.
Assuming that’s the goal of modern education, of course.