Uncommon Sense

politics and society are, unfortunately, much the same thing

You’re too stupid to make good decisions, government should make them for you

The USDA awarded $2 million to practice psycological manipulation of school kids in efforts to improve their “choices” of food during lunch because you and your kids can’t be trusted to make good decisions:

Across the nation, many schools are already taking steps to provide students with healthier meals and the nutrition knowledge to make healthier choices. However, it is well recognized that understanding the value of a healthy diet does not always translate into healthy choices. Research has shown that good intentions may not be enough: when choosing what or how much to eat, we may be unconsciously influenced….

USDA Funds Research on Improving Child Nutrition Programs Through Behavioral Economics
October 12, 2010 by Mary Reardon (USDA)

Here are some of the studies the UDSA is paying for:

Using Nudges From Cafeterias and Parents To Encourage Healthy Food Choices at School

Nudging High School Students Toward Better School Lunch Food Choices: Planning for Behavioral Economic Interventions in West Virginia

Using Positive Deviance Principles To Identify Best Practices of Choice Architecture and Build Research Capacity With School Food Authorities

Children’s Food Choices: Understanding Defaults

Did you catch that stuff about “choice architecture”? It looks like the options made available will be modified to give the illusion that the students are making their own choices about their food, “nudging” them to be more likely to actually consume the healthier stuff.

But the AP doesn’t see this as manipulation or social engineering. No, the AP report on this apparently didn’t challenge the “incentivizing” narrative of the government program. Ever wonder what makes a reporter choose to challenge the official story as opposed to simply report it?
School cafeterias to try psychology in lunch line.

Do you see any patterns here? Anything like food Nazis?

No-Oreo zone: Kids at school can’t bring processed food
April 4, 2010 by Stephanie Innes

A Crackdown on Bake Sales in City Schools
October 2, 2010 by JENNIFER MEDINA

The sandwich they tried to ban
April 30, 2010 by Luke Leitch

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