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View Diary: My Daughter is NOT your sales force.(Updated) (307 comments)

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  •  An old racket, as anyone with kids will attest. (11+ / 0-)

    Whether its candy bars or holiday wrapping paper, these "fundraisers" invariably sell a ridiculously overpriced product with the school getting a cut of the proceeds. I'd rather see a bake sale or something simpler and more direct than funding these companies that make big profits on the backs of kids.

    He'll, I remember when I was a kid and the school tried to sell these ridiculously expensive insurance policies to our parents at the beginning of the school year.

    My old man used to say, "We don't need that crap. You're already insured."

    Calling other DKos members "weenies" is a personal insult and therefore against site rules.

    by Bob Johnson on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 06:02:19 PM PDT

    •  Schools and the companies that do this (11+ / 0-)

      take advantage of the fact that most kids desperately want to fit in and do what everyone else is doing, and create the impression that this is what the "cool" kids do--and then play off of kids' competitive nature by pushing them to want to bring in better sales figures than their friends. It's quite sick and demented, just the sort of thing they're probably pointing to in conservative regions as the sort of thing kids need to "toughen them up" and teach them how the "real world" works. This is symptomatic of one of the things that's long been wrong with the US, the worship of profit and "success" and the placing of them above all other values and goals.

      We had this at my school. My parents, bless 'em, having had tough childhoods themselves and lived through wars, saw right through this charade and urged me not to do it. But I wanted to be like the other kids and went along, and learned my lesson the hard way--in life there will always be someone trying to take advantage of you by pretending to be helping you. You can't let them.

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