Today's Plinky prompt is about whether soda should be banned in all school. It is something that makes me fizz!! (No pun intended….)
No, absolutely not. Nothing that is freely available and totally legal should EVER be banned. I'm guessing that this question is in relation to a health drive in the US, but having suffered in the UK from similar things for a number of years (and "suffered" is the right word) things like this make me steam.
Why on earth do the powers that be think that just by banning something, in this case soda, that people will automatically improve their health? If my knowledge and experience of children is anything to go by, as soon as you tell them that something is "naughty" or "banned" or restrict them in any way, then as soon as they get a choice about it they will go overboard and over-indulge instead.
To my mind, the best way to get kids to leave soda alone (if it really is such a big health problem that is) then why not educate them about the health benefits of NOT having a soda, and by giving them informed choices about what they want instead? Substituting soda for fruit juice isn't always the healthiest option anyway, so why not give kids the choice?
Even the strictest health doctors will tell you that a little of something high in calories won't do you any harm if you have it once in a while. By banning something like soda, then there is no choice and therefore no option.
I thought the UK and the US were bastions of democracy and freedom of speech? Why then the outlandish measures like these that crop up every now and again? It won't be long before certain newspapers are banned because they have "unhealthy" stories in them and if that happens what sort of "democracy" will be in then?
Education, not removal of choice, that's my opinion!