Yes and no. (How'd you like that answer?).
Yes in the fact that the vending machines are in their schools, thus making them responsible and the right to regulate what is placed in them. School boards may allow candy bar but they won't allow a beer (ignore the age restrictions of course, just an example.
No because it is ultimately the child's choice and responsibility to pick what they want out of vending machines in school. If school boards regulate what is placed and only has healthy foods, chances are kids will not buy anything and choose to bring their own junkfood. Which I think most do anyway.
Agreed. I personally never bought stuff out of school vending machines, but that was because I was frugal and hated to think someone was making a decent profit off impulse buys from other people. But for them, junk food and soda is what sells, and what sells gives money, and money has power to influence.
As stated in my reply above, I fully agree. Right now, quite a few parents don't teach their kids to make wise good life choices (starting with vending machine choices hehe). Teaching them right while they are young (go for the apple not the cupcake, might help them later on in life in decisions on whether to have a salad instead of a BigMac.
In recent times, there have been too many issues being solved by laws or regulations by the government, organizations, committees, schools, etc... to curb our choices, or to lead us in a direction of a certain choice. This topic of vending machine choices is a good example. Why should the school "have" to change what is placed in them? It is ultimately a person's choice whether to eat good or bad. Most kids, I'm sure, know what is healthy for them, but they want what tastes good. They sacrifice healthy food for pleasure.
Too many regulations in schools now compared to when I was younger. No they should not be forced. The vendors should have the right to fill it up with whatever food they want. If a child eats bad, blame the parent and the kid, not the vendor!
If a person gets drunk, drives home and hits a car, they should be held responsible because it was their choice. They should have never had the drink, or they could have made prior arrangements before drinking to get home. No one forced them to drink, just as no one forces kids to buy a candy bar and pop out of vending machines.
Maybe a fair compromise would be to have vending machines that sold both healthy and junk food. We all know that the junk food will sell first, but I'm sure people will be surprised at how fast yogurt, water, etc sells.