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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Your Kid's a Fat A**

English---A
Math---B+
Science---B
Chemistry---A-
Biology---C
Body Fat---“Little” Jimmy uses a pie as a clock.
Simply put, report cards are to reflect performance at school in the assigned curriculum. Perhaps a student’s weight is a valid side topic for Parent/Teacher conferences since self-esteem is, sometimes, a contributing dynamic of scholastic performance. However, Senator Van de Putte’s plan to include body fat readings on report cards is ridiculous.

I wonder how long this idea would be entertained by Van de Putte if another Senator floated body fat readings as a condition of securing teaching tenure. After all, teachers are there to set an example as well as teach. I can recall a good percentage of my educators that would be out on the curb.

Texas Lawmaker Unveils Child Obesity Bill
By Associated Press
January 18, 2005, 10:04 PM EST


AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas school districts would be required to include the body mass index of students as part of their regular report cards under a bill introduced Tuesday by a lawmaker seeking to link healthy minds with healthy bodies.

When the measurement, 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, said Democratic state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte.

"We should be just as concerned with students' physical health and performance as we are with their academic performance," she said.

More than a third of school-age children in Texas are overweight or obese, according to the Texas Department of Agriculture.

Arkansas implemented a similar law during the 2003-2004 school year, although the information is sent to parents separately from report cards.

Eric Allen, a spokesman for the Association for Texas Professional Educators, said most parents don't need to be told their child is overweight.

"It doesn't have a place on a report card," he said.
Copyright © 2005, The Associated Press

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