The Knucklehead of the Day award
Today's winner is San Francisco Board of Education member Jill Wynns. She gets the award for the following-
Overworked and exhausted San Francisco public school teachers and principals could be forced to give up their soda machines, as part of an effort to make sure they're not setting bad health examples for students.Ms. Wynns do you or any of your fellow board members ever drink caffeinated coffee, get any kind of fast food for you or your children, eat beef? Should I go on?
While San Francisco Unified School District teachers and staff are given incentives -- under a federally mandated policy -- to exercise, eat healthy and stay away from junk food, the district can't force them to change their ways, according to Trish Bascom, health programs director.
However, it can take the soda machines from teacher break rooms -- and that's just what Board of Education member Jill Wynns is calling for, as the district is updating its student nutrition policy.
The student policy removed soda and candy machines from student cafeterias and locker rooms in 2003, but allowed the machines to remain in teacher break rooms.
"I know of one school, and I won't name names, where there is a soda machine in the principal's office," Wynns said, adding that it sets a bad example if teachers are telling kids not to buy caffeine-laden drinks but sipping one themselves.
The school board needs to pay more attention to what is going on in the classroom, not what is being bought in the faculty break room. For failing that lesson, I give San Francisco Board of Education member Jill Wynns today's Knucklehead of the Day.
Hat tip- Joanne Jacobs who writes- 'What's next? Rip out the coffee machine?'