Friday, May 06, 2011

The Chocolate Dilemma

Mr Health Minister,

We already discussed this a little bit the other day. Did you not see this coming? Did you think you can just ban a list of food without repercussions? It doesn't take a genius to know that chocolate is not always unhealthy. Neither is alcohol for that matter.

The problem is not in the food itself, but in the education. Perhaps you should consult your colleague, the Education Minister, who is supposedly in charge of the curriculum in schools. I recall learning about "balanced diets" in my PJK (Physical and Health Education) classes. If that is not enough, I believe this is also covered in the PMR examinations for Science. Even before that, if I am not mistaken, it is also covered in the UPSR examinations as well. So regardless of whether you teach this in English or in BM, the message failed.

So, after such incessant drumming about eating healthy food, why has it failed? The fact that you have to ban "unhealthy" food in school shows that the curriculum has failed to teach the students what it is meant to teach. Does anyone else see this?

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