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The Knucklehead of the Day award

Today's winner is San Francisco Board of Education member Jill Wynns. She gets the award for the following-

Overworked and exhausted San Francisco public school teachers and principals could be forced to give up their soda machines, as part of an effort to make sure they're not setting bad health examples for students.

While San Francisco Unified School District teachers and staff are given incentives -- under a federally mandated policy -- to exercise, eat healthy and stay away from junk food, the district can't force them to change their ways, according to Trish Bascom, health programs director.

However, it can take the soda machines from teacher break rooms -- and that's just what Board of Education member Jill Wynns is calling for, as the district is updating its student nutrition policy.

The student policy removed soda and candy machines from student cafeterias and locker rooms in 2003, but allowed the machines to remain in teacher break rooms.

"I know of one school, and I won't name names, where there is a soda machine in the principal's office," Wynns said, adding that it sets a bad example if teachers are telling kids not to buy caffeine-laden drinks but sipping one themselves.

Ms. Wynns do you or any of your fellow board members ever drink caffeinated coffee, get any kind of fast food for you or your children, eat beef? Should I go on?

The school board needs to pay more attention to what is going on in the classroom, not what is being bought in the faculty break room. For failing that lesson, I give San Francisco Board of Education member Jill Wynns today's Knucklehead of the Day.

Hat tip- Joanne Jacobs who writes- 'What's next? Rip out the coffee machine?'


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Comments (10)

Overworked and exhausted? ... (Below threshold)
Pretzel Logic:

Overworked and exhausted? O-v-e-r-w-o-r-k-e-d?

Do-gooders are control frea... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Do-gooders are control freaks. They want control over everything. Nothing would make 'em happier than to be able to give everyone a daily list of tasks to accomplish. They'll tell you where to go, what to eat, what to wear, what to buy, what to think, what to read. Think of all the stress taken out of your life! No more choices, no more worries! I keep praying for that big earthquake that will drop San Francisco into the Pacific. Just hope Nancy is home at the time.

This reminds me of the Bloo... (Below threshold)
CR:

This reminds me of the Bloom County strip (yeah, it's at least 20 years old) with C. Everett Koop in the midst of lecturing Opus about the evils of sniffing dandelions, motorcycling...and NO RED MEAT! Suddenly, a huge slab of tofu falls from the sky and crushes the erstwhile Surgeon General. Can't seem to find it on Google just now.

The school board sho... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:


The school board should be concerned with ensuring that their teachers are able to teach students to perform at grade level.
Once the students can read and think critically they can start to make informed decisions.
As for soda machines, no school district should be paying for their up keep(as they are constantly whining how they do not have enough money for xyz) unless they are bringing money into the district. Let the teachers bring their junk food from home.

The school board should be ... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:

The school board should be concerned with ensuring that their teachers are able to teach students to perform at grade level.
Once the students can read and think critically they can start to make informed decisions.
As for soda machines, no school district should be paying for their up keep (as they are constantly whining how they do not have enough money for xyz) unless they are bringing money into the district. Let the teachers bring their junk food from home.

"Overworked and exhausted" ... (Below threshold)
apb:

"Overworked and exhausted"

Uh, no - that would be the former students of our mess of an educational system. We have a system pushed on us by unions that have no incentive to excel - only to pad. Pad the pay, pad the bennies, and keep as many members in a voting bloc to retain the douchebag politicians that favor the padding.

Just like a scumbag administrator to force an example of politically-correct crap, yet ignore the real issues of the system.

Gah.

The soda machines are money... (Below threshold)

The soda machines are money-makers, or at least neutral. Unless the school administrators that got them installed are morons. I suppose that's possible.

I don't think it's such a b... (Below threshold)

I don't think it's such a bad idea to ensure that teachers set a good example for children when it comes to nutrition. But of course you are correct, all of this wringing of hands is a poor substitute for cracking down on the academics.
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We sell soda in the school ... (Below threshold)

We sell soda in the school store it's a HUUUUUUUGE money maker. We sell candy, snack cakes, cookies, chips ...also huge money makers.

The school is a private cooperative/homeschool education program. All money collected in the school store go to cover the cost of both kindergarten and Senior graduation.

Busy protecting us from our... (Below threshold)
Charlie:

Busy protecting us from ourselves.

As for those "overworked teachers", gimmie a break. They work 100 days fewer per year than typical workers. Enough said.




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