Glasgow schoolkids in free iPod scheme

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacBytes, May 20, 2005.

  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. 24C macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2004
    Beats going to Mickey Dee for a cheap plastic toy

    Wish they'd put this on my kids school :D maybe his clothes would have lasted longer! Will be interesting to see if they still eat the good stuff after they save up for the goodies & acquire their treat.
    I see the council is getting slagged off for offering these incentives, but all the stuff I've been reading suggests behavioural & academic performance is improved by moving away from the "Golden Arches" approach to foodstuffs, so I hope it works and changes things for the better, as we need to get away from the supermarket food economy.
  3. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    But... what if the kid buys a healthy food and doesn't eat it, he just eats his snack pack from home (I love billy madision; a great movie :p)
  4. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    could work, will work for some kids, and others will cheat the system, always happens. but its a good test program i suppose, and its a nice incentive
  5. bbarnhart macrumors 6502a


    Jan 16, 2002
    Stilwell, Kansas
    Instead of offering unheathy and healthy food choices at this school, why don't they only offer heathy, nutritious food?
  6. Knox Administrator


    Staff Member

    Jul 1, 2002
    The problem is not necessarily that there is unheathly food at the schools (more than one school involved - it's city-wide) but the fact that kids will go to the nearest 'fast food' shop for lunch rather than eat at the school.

    Dr Christine Edwards, senior lecturer in human nutrition at the University of Glasgow, said the scheme was an excellent idea.

    She said: "This gives pupils a positive reinforcement to make healthy food choices. The big dilemma in secondary schools is that pupils will vote with their feet.

    "They will go the chip shop or fast food outlet if they don't like the food available. This is an innovative idea and one which will encourage them to take the healthy option."
  7. killmoms macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2003
    Washington, DC
    At least once they start getting iPods they'll have plenty of excellent, home-grown music to listen to. Seriously, Glasgow is home to some farking excellent bands.
  8. Nickygoat macrumors 6502a


    Dec 11, 2004
    Which iPod do they get? 100 meals at £1.15 = £115. Only the shuffles are cheaper than that. I'm sure some enterprising parent will start flogging them on ebay, so it's effectively a return to free school meals. And why is it only Scottish schools doing this? All the kids around me are lardarses and the skinny ones are only skinny because they get their exercise running from the police :p

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