WOULD anyone like to guess when the phrase “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink” was coined? The answer is 1546 by epigrammatist John Heywood.
So, despite common knowledge for 450 years it still took another three years and £500m before the Government realised that you can lead a schoolchild to healthy food, but you can’t make him eat it (“Good Eating”, Examiner November 15). Never mind, it’s only taxpayers’ money and after all it’s been “invested” in education.
Perhaps the pupils at Shelley College eat the “healthy” food for one reason; Hobson’s Choice! If it’s so good why was it necessary to remove the chocolate machines to make them eat it?
I’d also be interested to know how the headmaster can be so sure that the school dinners have improved behaviour, particularly given the number of other improvements made at the same time.
There is an analogy between “healthy” school dinners and using classical music to drive yobs away from Holmfirth Coop; both activities have natural positive appeal as one gets older. There’s really not much to gain by trying to force them on to children.