The classroom may become a “no treat zone” if a revised School Wellness Policy is adopted by the Harford County Board of Education. The policy expressly prohibits “using food or beverages at any time as either reward or punishment for academic or instructional achievement, performance, effort or activity in any respect or for behavior modification or punishment.”
Even Pavlov’s dog knows how food can be used as a reward. But you have to wonder how food is currently being used as punishment. Is HCPS withholding treats from students who misbehave or serving up those meat pies from Sweeny Todd?
The revised policy also prohibits withholding recess as a punishment and establishes access to heath and wellness programs for staff.
At Monday’s Board of Education meeting where the revisions were presented, board member Alysson Krchnavy said the idea is to help combat childhood obesity by setting a policy of “No more food rewards”.
So if the revised School Wellness Policy is approved, there will be no snacks to boost test-takers during the MSAs, no pizza parties and absolutely no more Jolly Ranchers, or Tootsie Rolls or carrot sticks for that matter, used to reward achievement or behavior in class.
The Board will be voting on these revisions at a future meeting. In the meantime, public comments are welcome at www.hcps.org and as always, here on The Dagger.
So Dagger readers, is this policy a good idea or an example of the food police run amok?