Sweet Rewards

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The Associated Press reported last month that Arkansas school officials are clamping down on teachers using sugar-based incentives (otherwise known as candy) in the classroom. Last month, elementary school teachers in Little Rock, Arkansas, were prohibited by the state from rewarding well-behaved, compliant students with candy. Joining the rest of the country in the mission of the moment, Arkansas is trying to rein in rates of childhood obesity. This includes enacting a law that requires schools to calculate students’ body mass index and bans the use of vending machines in elementary schools.

Reacting to an uproar over—surprise, surprise—the overreaction by state education officials, the state rescinded the ruling, so now teachers have resumed handing out candy as a reward for good work. The earlier directive was based on a "misunderstanding of the new law," according to the director of the Arkansas Department of Education.