Let’s play: Ironic? Or not? (part ix)
You’ve heard of the “hunger free kids act?” The 2010 law that mandates new guidelines for school lunches? Well:
Linda O’Connor, an English teacher at Wallace County High in Sharon Springs, Kansas, teamed with publications director Brenda Kirkham to write the song “We Are Hungry,” to the tune of the song “We Are Young” by Fun, and they made a video parody featuring the song and starring students from Wallace County High. “We Are Hungry” starts with the lyrics, “Give me some seconds I, I need to get some food today,” and in the video, students dramatize the downside of the new school lunch program and how it’s leaving them with growling stomachs.
God bless the U.S. government, without which we would never get to see a law called the “Hunger-Free Kids Act” that leaves kids hungry.
“We hear them complaining around 1:30 or 2:00 that they are already hungry,” said Linda O’Connor, a high school English teacher at Wallace County High School in Sharon Springs, Kansas. “It’s all the students, literally all the students… you can set your watch to it.”
A few questions:
- Do school districts not have any authority to change/ignore these new mandates at all?
- If your kids aren’t getting enough food at school, send a couple pbj’s and a banana with them. That’s what we do.
And yes, I’m aware of the stories about school officials confiscating homemade lunches in favor of school-made ones. I’m entirely willing to have that battle.
- A teacher wrote this? Does her local union know about it, and if not, can we keep it that way?
- Can we finally learn that, when you depend on the central government, you get results like this?
So is it ironic? Duh. It’s called the Hunger-Free Kids Act, but it’s leaving the kids hungry.
On the other hand, of course it isn’t ironic. The feds perceiving a problem, mandating a “solution,” and failing? Creating an even bigger problem? Or a brand new problem?
Irony requires an unexpected result. This is only ironic if you’re stupid. Or liberal.