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Friday, March 12, 2010

Very intolerant...

DISD seems to be sending out a message to Catholics this Lenten season -- Screw you!!

In the past, on Fridays - when Catholics are not supposed to eat meat - the cafeteria has regularly served fish sticks, shrimp, or other acceptable choices. This year, however, there have been chicken nuggets, pizza pockets, and today, some kind of breakfast weiners...

Sure, there have been cheese sticks, but I just refuse to accept that as an entree on ANY day.

What is up, DISD??? Whatever happened to fishstick Friday?

9 comments:

kherbert said...

My school does have lent friendly food available, but one of my 4th graders asked an interesting question. What about people that eat other special food, how come they don't get their food also?

I wish they would serve edible food any time of the year.

Mr. David M. Beyer said...

Precisely. The school has no obligation to alter its menu for any religious organization. Catholic parents can send their children in with acceptable foods if their religious beliefs prohibit them from offering the school's menu choice. Even if Catholics are the largest percentage of students, the menu ought not be based on the needs of that one group.

Margaret said...

uuuhhhh....Mr. Beyer, what about the free and reduced lunch kids who happen to be Catholic? Their parents probably don't have the means to send their children with appropriate foods during Lent. They probably wouldn't be participants in the lunch program if they had the means to pack everyday.
BTW, lunch menus really should not have processed foods, but since our fast food culture has been conditioned that "real" food is icky and most kids won't touch it (largest percentage of students, my friend) the lunch menu designers must offer things cooked in factories and creative processed combinations such as "taco in a bag." (which is rather tasty)

G said...

Margaret, I think Mr. Beyer's point wasn't that the school district shouldn't respect the needs and wishes of Catholics, but that since it probably can't alter to fit the needs of every religious group (Jews and Muslims, definitely have special dietary needs, particularly in certain seasons, for instance) it can be a question whether the menu should be dramatically altered to fit any particular group.

Anonymous said...

With such a large percentage of Hispanic (and therefore, likely Catholic) children...and also large numbers of free and reduced lunch children...upwards of 60%, then I think it is poor planning to ask these hungry children to forsake their values in order to eat.

Mister Teacher said...

Hey all,

I didn't REALLY mean to get such an uproar started. As you know if you ever read this blog, most of what I write is pretty tongue-in-cheek. So I'm not going on a hunger strike or anything (though I may as well, as opposed to eating anything like the truly terrible salad I had last Friday).

Chris Osborne said...

And that is why I bring my lunch to school. Well, that and the schools aren't in a consistent lunch schedule so I never know what anyone is having on a given day.

If it's anything like the high school I went to they can always get the nastiest peanut butter and jelly sandwich in the world. Except people are allergic to peanuts so that might kill someone...

book publishers said...

I agree, the school isunder no obligation to alter it's dietary requirements or menu.

Mister Teacher said...

Book publishers, it was a JOKE post... sheesh.