It wasn’t enough that Michelle Obama decreed what schools could serve to their students. Now it appears that teachers think it is in their authority to monitor what kids bring packed in their lunches. At least that’s what one teacher at Children’s Academy in Aurora, Colorado thinks. When Leeza Pearson’s 5-year-old daughter was caught with a lunch consisting of a ham and cheese sandwich, string cheese, and Oreos, her teacher felt obliged to step in.

“Dear Parents,” read the note the teacher sent home with Pearson’s daughter, “it is very important that all students have a nutritious lunch. This is a public school setting and all children are required to have a fruit, a vegetable, and a heavy snack from home, along with a milk. If they have potatoes, the child will also need bread to go along with it. Lunchables, chips, fruit snacks, and peanut butter are not considered to be a healthy snack. This is a very important part of our program and we need everyone’s participation.”

Pearson says her daughter was not permitted to eat the Oreos packed in her lunch, and she does not believe it is the school’s place to tell her daughter what to eat. “What the school thinks is healthy for her is not what I think is healthy for her,” she said. “She needs to eat what she’s going to eat. That’s between me and her and our doctor – not the school.”

The Demise of the Parent

While Children’s Academy administrators insist that the note should not have been sent home and that they have no such policies, this is a clear glimpse into the future. Does anyone doubt that this is exactly where we’re headed? And it won’t stop with food, either. Soon, students will be forbidden to bring certain reading materials to school – and not just those that are age-inappropriate. A note will be sent home when a student expresses the “wrong” opinions. A government inquiry may be made if a teacher learns of a questionable afterschool activity such as a church youth group.

Slowly but surely, they are taking away the parental right to raise children. The state will now assume that responsibility. Perhaps this will even take the most literal form, with kids being shuttled away from their parents at birth, raised in a government institution and fed only dark greens and tofu. They’ll emerge perfect socialists, ready to lead America into a dark new age.

Okay, maybe that won’t happen, but it’s time we put a stop to this before it spirals out of control. We need to be moving in the exact opposite direction. Giving parents more power, more choice, and more voice in the way their children are schooled. The push to end childhood obesity is an important one, but some of the worst laws in human history have been passed with the best intentions. Better for our children to be fat and free than skinny and oppressed.