One survey done over the internet found that some teachers are using chocolate as a reward for good behavior. This article ties in with our monthly newsletter topic discussing Schools Wellness Policy. Children spend almost one third of their day in school. They eat one or two (if you include breakfast) of their main meals and usually a snack during this time period. What are they learning in school about nutrition and food.
Well according to this article, kids are learning that if they do good, they get chocolate! Yup, that's what I said! Teachers are rewarding the kids with chocolate. I am not saying that chocolate is bad, it is a good once in a while treat. But associating it with good grades or following directions in school seems like a pretty strong message about the importance of chocolate.
What is so surprising is that with all the bans on junk food in school and the global concern about childhood obesity, you would think a teacher would know better. What do you think, is it okay to reward kids with chocolate or other high sugar foods?