Yes, I know my sister is not the early childhood expert that Two Quarters Shy Of A Buck is, but she does have a degree in elementary education and spends all day with about thirty kids. I heed her words of wisdom, elevated from comment status:
They are working on passing a law now that snacks, birthday treats, etc. are not going to be allowed in Indiana schools. As if me teaching my kids about graphing with a mini size bag containing about 10 M&M’s is what is making kids fat-not the 6 hours they spend playing video games when they get home and the drive thru that Mom brings home for dinner!
Lest you think she’s exaggerating about the amount of time 5 year olds spend in front of the t.v.–let me assure you. She isn’t. She’s also had parents tell her during their conferences that 30 minutes of homework a couple of days a week is “too much” for children that young.
I remember birthday treats. The occasional cupcake was a nice change from the routine. Somehow I don’t think disallowing these from the classroom is going to do much for kids’ waistlines.