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Scholastic News is a magazine in the style of Time (albeit only four pages) that is distributed to the third grade school kids throughout America.  Here was their lead story on the front cover, superimposed over a small child with a overlarge soda glass:


Sugary drinks are bigger than ever.  Many experts say that’s not good for our health.  America’s biggest city is taking action.

That’s right, my friends, the Bloomberg soda ban is front and center in a positive light on the FRONT COVER of a children’s magazine distributed in the schools!  Paid by TAX DOLLARS!

The article mostly covers the Bloomberg effort and states this (The words portions and proposed are bolded for classroom purposes):

“America is facing a supersized problem.  People are eating much bigger portions of food than they were a few decades ago.  And a lot of that food – from soda to hamburgers – is packed with sugar or fat.”

“Many Americans have put on unhealthy amounts of weight.  Some health experts say that supersized drinks and meals are one reason why.”

“New York City recently took action to control portion sizes.  It banned the sale of sodas that are more than 16 ounces at restaurants, movie theaters and sports arenas.  *  *  *  Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed the ban.  He wants to help people get healthier.”

Why don’t the Mayor simply hire Scholastic News to do his dirty work for him?  This is pure propaganda, to elementary school kids, who cannot analyze the issues inherent in this matter.  And paid by taxpayer dollars.  But surely the other side is cited (The word “options” is bolded for same reasons):

“But not everyone thinks that the ban on extra-large drinks is a good idea.  Some say that people should always have options.  They think people should learn to choose wisely.”

That is lame!  Here’s what I would say (I would bold the word “freedom”):

“Some oppose the Mayor’s drink ban.  They think parents and grown-ups should have the freedom to drink a legal product and make choices that even experts might not like.”

I would suggest my readers protest this blatant indoctrination of our kids!  We should let Scholastic News know:  NO MORE SUCH ARTICLES!   Or we’ll go to school board meetings and stop the subscriptions.  I plan to monitor the Scholastic News that comes home and I’ll call them on it at this blog.  NO TAX MONEY for INDOCTRINATION!

Here is the contact size for Scholastic.  Here is the Hanover School Board site.  Do what’s right.  If you can, homeschool or send your kids to private schools (although some private schools are liberal too) while you still have the Constitutional right to do so.  Fight UN treaties that meddle in parental rights!  Scholastic News has a high school version called:  The New York Times Upfront.  Yes, you read it right.  The liberal shill New York Times.  I sure hope they don’t give it out at our high schools in Hanover County.  It would stop tomorrow if I were on the school board.





About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)


  1. Sarah says:

    I am a concerned parent that has noticed that the Scholastic news letters that my first grader reads at school appear to be liberally bias. Do you know who owns the publishing company, and what can we do as parents to stop the indoctrination of our children?

    • Scholastic is its own company. I would discuss it with your school board representative and if that person is not helpful, find another in your school district that is. Bypass the principal, superintendent etc. Consider your state representative and/or state senator or the state board of education. In Texas for example the state board of ed is elected.

      Find out what the educational purpose behind it is. Use concrete examples. Go to right-wing bloggers in your area as well. You can send me examples at ssanders [at] varight [dot] com.

      Thanks, Sarah, for coming by.


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