Texas report cards would grade students on their weight under a bill introduced this week by state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio.
When the measurement (body mass index), which calculates body fat based on height and weight, indicates a student is overweight, the school would provide parents with information about links between increased body fat and health problems, Van de Putte said.
More than a third of school-age children in Texas are overweight or obese, according to the Texas Department of Agriculture.
Arkansas public schools weigh and measure students and tell parents if their children are overweight, however the information is mailed home, not listed on the report card. Some 38 percent of Arkansas students were classified as overweight or at risk of becoming overweight.
Like Kimberly Swygert, I think schools should concentrate on teaching academic skills and knowledge before trying to take charge of every aspect of children’s well-being.
Education Week reports on a private boarding school for obese teen-agers: It costs $44,000 for a school year or $5,500 a month.
The vending-machine industry is placing color-coded “snackwise” stickers on products indicating what’s relatively healthy (green), not so healthy (yellow) and not healthy at all (red). Snackers are advised to choose red items “rarely.”