"I am not among those who fear the people. They and not the rich, are our dependence for continued freedom." -- Thomas Jefferson, 1816 "[F]acts are before ideas." -- Mikhail Bakunin, 1882
This is a shame. Our school food was absolute crap. Greasy cheeseburgers, pizza, fries, ice cream were all available ala carte every day. The main course of the day varied but was always just as unhealthy. And we had freaking snack machines with pop and candy on every floor. It needs to be changed, but its the status quo and schools get good money from pepsi to put those vending machines in.
And I absolutely disagree that physical activity is a "bigger priority." You can't feed kids 2,000 calorie lunches every day and expect there not to be a problem. Our school lunches are horrendous. Diet is the biggest factor in weight gain, without question. There needs to be physical activity, absolutely. But every school in the country has sports teams and gym classes already. These should probably be looked at too, but the biggest and most effective change here will come from overhauling the food.
I cannot tell you how many peas and carrots have been thrown away at my school. It's ridiculous to put things on kids' trays that they KNOW they won't eat.
But the punitive conservative NCLB has poisoned the well completely.
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius