[quote=“FloridaLibertarian, post:2, topic:38915”]
The sin lies in providing these free hand outs in the first place, as people like any other mammal will become dependent and will neglect their natural instincts of survival. The free school lunch program, I know, comes from the heart. But like any other freebie, it becomes the target of abuse and corruption, leading to its insolvency, over-priced condition, and detraction from its original purpose. Then, the logical man in the room who says so about this program and wants to reform it to oust the abusers is painted by individuals such as yourself as heartless. For the record, I work at a Title I in Florida, before you begin calling me heartless. I’m currently teaching a kid after school on my own time for free who lives on the streets because he is hiding from his abusive dad and his mom is in prison. He’s one of my favorite people. He is deserving of a free lunch. Among my other students including a kid who told me straight up when I told him he was failing. “Who cares, Mr, I’ll just go on food stamps like my Mom”. See the difference?
As amended, it would not apply when a child has a handicap or learning disability or when the parent takes steps to try improving the youngster’s school performance — such as signing up for a “parenting class,” arranging a tutoring program or attending a parent-teacher conference.
So, that cuts out the IEP students, the ESE students, and those whose parents give a darn about their kid’s education. Again from experience, some parents are truly awful to their kids. Maybe this would help get some kids to either take responsibility for themselves or at least get the parents involved.
“Now Florida, didn’t you say your one student doesn’t have parents. What about him?” He is currently a 3.5 GPA student, in the top 10% of class. He is focused and driven. A quality we should instill. We should not reward utter laziness, apathy, and lack of conviction with free food.
[/quote] Ah, In the conservative mind, this is how life works. Nothing improves a childs grades quite like starvation. All this does is put the financial burden of the household more on the kids than the parents and it isn’t fair. An elementary school child shouldn’t have to worry about what they have to do in order to pay the household bills. Here’s an idea, tie political salaries to the unemployment rate. Watch it drop fast, proving they know what to do and just don’t do it.