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Say no to Schwarzenegger pizza ban in schools

Posted: March 21, 2008 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 22, 2008 5:02 a.m.
To The Editor:

Arnold Schwarzenegger is trying to pass a law that says schools can't have pizza or candy in class. This law should not be passed because having pizza and candy in class can be a good thing. Doing this would
not improve education or make kids smarter, it would just take a fun right away from students and teachers.

Approving of this law would just take something away that kids and teachers look forward to. For instance, in my seventh-grade sign language elective class we asked for an end-of-the-year pizza party. (The teacher) said if we wanted one we would have to work for it by finding one sign language Web site and writing a one paragraph summary about why we chose it.

Another way that we were able to get a pizza party in the sixth grade was by being good or raising a certain
amount of money for the charity that we would donate to.

In all these cases, we had to work for the pizza party; it wasn't just given to us. Also, if we wanted to earn candy we all would have to score 100 percent on all of the spelling tests. So, if we ever do get candy or a pizza party, it is for a good reason, and not "just because."

Pros of the law might say that providing pizza and candy parties for students might make them slack off tasks and that students would work less. But actually, having students earn the party would make them
work harder.

For these reasons, vote NO for the law that says that there should not be any pizza or candy parties in school.

Note: Deffenbaugh is a student at Rancho Pico Junior High School.


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