When I was in school, the bake sale was a fundraising staple. Whether it was for band uniforms, field trips, or a new suit for the school mascot, kids and parents turned on their ovens, got out their mixing bowls, and cooked the goodies that brought in the nickels, dimes, and quarters of which fund drives were made.
Now bake sales are becoming an endangered species. In the Montgomery County, Maryland school district, bake sales are barred. It’s just part of a growing national trend. Why? Because we’ve got lots of fat kids in school these days, and school administrators and food services kingpins think cupcakes, cookies, cakes, and pies are unhealthy. As a result, kids can’t sell “non-nutritious” food in schools anymore. Of course, as the article points out, what’s nutritious, anyway? Pop-Tarts, which are allowed, or home-baked carrot cake, which isn’t?
Even more ridiculous, the federal government will soon weigh in on this topic (pun intended). Uncle Sam will be publishing its “national school nutrition standards for food sold outside cafeterias.” Just what we need! More federal employees getting taxpayer-funded salaries to advise us about things that really should be left to parents. No doubt there are other federal employees to police compliance, and still other federal employees to administer grant programs to award money to school districts for programs to encourage healthy eating, and state and local employees who will write grant proposals and administer the federally funded efforts — all to combat the lure of the humble brownie and kids who can’t say no.
C’mon, people! Have we really reached the point where our schools are outlawing bake sales, and the federal government is giving us advice on what our kids should be eating? Is there any facet of our daily lives that is safe from the heavy hand of taxpayer-funded government regulators?