Student control

Dear editor:

On April 16, South Street School held a grandparents day. In which grandparents were invited to eat lunch with their respected grandchild. My mother in law brought McDonald’s with her to share with my daughter. However the school stopped her in her tracks at the door and informed her that McDonald’s food was not allowed in the school.

Who does the school think it is, that it can decide what my daughter eats. Last I checked they were not her parent, but there to educate. Why do the schools feel they have the right to try to control our children to this extreme. Keep in mind that the drink size bill in NYC was ruled to violate the Constitution. This is the same, it is a government body trying to control personal behaviors that are perfectly legal.

In my experience, as a veteran who has served in Korea, Bosnia, and Afghanistan, that when you try to control people’s personal behaviors you diminish their outlook. Korea and Bosnia at one time were poor countries, now that they have gained their freedoms from such controlling rule they are flourishing. Same goes with the school environment. The more the schools try to control all aspects of students lives the higher drop out rates go and the more robot like workers the schools are turning out. The problem is, robot workers do not perform well in the work place. The best thing for the schools to do is to stick with education and stay out of people’s personal lives.

I do not and will not condone any form of the government trying to have any type of say over personal choices or freedoms. If it has no affect on others than very simply put the rule should not exist. Just because somebody doesn’t like it, doesn’t mean that a rule should be made about it. Keep in mind this is a public school, not a private school. So thus they have no business to make such rules. This may seem like a minor issue but when you look at the bigger picture and the direction of control our government is headed towards you then realize that this is where it begins.

Jason Bines