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  •  Is this such a bad idea? (0+ / 0-)

    The schools where we have our most at risk and poorest children are often in areas where adult work force participation is also very low.  Many children are growing up without a working parent and may only have vague ideas about what it means to have a job.

    Is it a bad idea for them to do a reasonable amount of work in the school in return for their lunch or, even better, for money that they can use to buy a meal inside or outside the school?  If there are concerns about the money being misused, taken by parent, etc. it can be paid in food vouchers only good at the school cafeteria and nearby restaurants.

    When I was in college a lot of the labor on campus came from kids on financial aid who had a college job as part of their package.  Was that also a bad idea?

    •  My father grew up dirt poor during the depression (1+ / 0-)
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      and the absolute most heartbreaking thing was the stories he told me about feeling less than everyone else and how it felt to be singled out.  And his mother worked for very little in a cotton mill in KY 60 hours a week and his father abandoned them.  

      I do not want to see poor kids singled out, made to feel less than everyone else, suffer ridicule, just to get discounted lunches..that would be mean and psychologically bad for the me, I am a psychologist.

      And college is so different from elementary and middle school. I am not opposed at all to high school kids having a part time job ...but I do not think young kids need to be working as there is plenty of time for that when they are teens and later as adults.

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      by wishingwell on Sat Jan 11, 2014 at 10:04:44 AM PST

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