Starting in the fall, public schools across Massachusetts will send reports home to parents alerting them if their child weighs too much or too little - the centerpiece of a campaign to shrink bulging waistlines and halt obesity-related diseases once rare in children. . . . Students in the first, fourth, seventh, and 10th grades will be measured and weighed so school health officials can calculate their body mass index score, a standard measurement used to gauge the appropriateness of someone's weight - Good policy or Bad ?
I think that it has as many good points as it does bad points. Obviously it may help create a healthier nation but I think only at the risk of some childrens happiness. I think that it will provoke bullying of the children who do have to have letters sent home. I also think that at the same time although it is stopping obesity, surely it is promoting(that's not the right word but you see what I mean) anorexia.
Another point it may work against itself, children who get bullied because of it instead of losing weight may comfort eat.
There was a time when I would have said that this kind of thing impedes on a child's rights and a parents values.
However, in an age where parents find it easier to plop their kids in front of a video game instead of making sure they're getting enough time doing physical activity, it's a sad state we're in that the schools have to take it upon themselves to remind parents that they aren't doing their job, but it's something that needs to be done.
Actually ty and moe214 have put it a lot better then I did, the school are there to teach not monitor the childs health, obviously the school should notify the parent if there is a huge, huge problem (something the parent may have not noticed unlike a child's weight) but otherwise it's the parents and doctors problem to watch the childs weight, not the schools.
I think it will embarrass the kids.
Like ty said, it's not the school's business.
I think if the child is over or underweight, the parents and their doctor should take care of it on their own.
uhm I dont see how this is any of the school's business... If the parent has a fat kid, they know it... how is this supposed to help except make the kids targets at school and shame them?
well, its good and bad
good:it helps kids that are having that problem and alerts the parents :)
bad:its personal info. and could be embarassing. :(
I think its a good policy although it could end up I some kids geting bullied it depends how well it is managed by the schools