Primary school teachers are searching students’ lunch boxes and holding ‘wrap free Wednesdays’ in a bid to stop parents from using plastic packaging.
Schools across New South Wales are conducting ‘surprise lunchbox assessments’ and ‘going binless’ in a ‘war on waste’, according to a report by the Daily Telegraph.
While some parents are supportive of the eco friendly push, others have hit back at teachers for taking things too far.
Some teachers are going as far as to ‘fish out materials that are thrown into the bins’ after lunch time.
‘My mission is to wipe out waste at Londonderry Public School and soon be completely binless,’ wrote one teacher in a school newsletter.
Another school near the NSW Blue Mountains were ‘counting the amount of packaging in each student’s lunchbox last year.’
People argue that parents were time poor and sick of teachers judging what they packed for their kid’s lunch.
‘The lunch box is probably the latest example of critiquing the parents through a process,’ one parent told the Daily Telegraph.
‘While they understand the intention is good, it is not really their core business.’
Another said, “Poor kids being shamed in classrooms. Get a life, no one is perfectly green so shove off.”
“Waste of valuable time! Teachers get on with focusing on teaching!!!!”
Another argued, “Schools are there to educate – and that includes educating pupils on the environmental benefits of cutting down on plastics and packaging. I see nothing wrong in this – however it’s all about doing it in a way that doesn’t inadvertently humiliate a pupil.”
“Teachers???? Or Principals and Education Departments directing teachers to do this? It’s like blaming the check out chic for the price of your groceries going up – they’re just doing what they’re told. Take it up with the people in the decision making positions. Don’t blame teachers.”
Do you think it is a necessity to help fight the war on waste, or is this just another way to shame parents?
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