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  •  Stupid idea, but watch the value judgments (3+ / 0-)

    Having a job or a list of chores does not "degrade" someone.

    The GOP loves to portray Democrats as looking down their noses at manual laborers. Don't give them ammunition.

    There's a long list of better ways to attack this guy's "idea".

    Freedom isn't free. Patriots pay taxes.

    by Dogs are fuzzy on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 01:24:17 PM PDT

    •  I appriciate the comment. My intention here is not (11+ / 0-)

      that the tasks themselves are degrading, but that forcing poor students to work for their food in front of their peers is degrading.

      "If the Jew who struggles for justice for Palestine is considered anti-Semitic, & if Palestinians seeking self-determination are so accused...then no oppositional move can take place w/o risking the accusation." - Judith Butler

      by David Harris Gershon on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 01:30:12 PM PDT

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    •  Well said, but I always wonder how (2+ / 0-)
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      JerryNA, kyril

      they get away with portraying US as deriding manual labor considering their policies almost exclusively harm those who rely on manual labor. Either by denying them that labor by rewarding companies who send jobs over seas or by making that labor less rewarding or more dangerous (and commonly both).

      Republicans love to croon about family values while killing off the families.

    •  "Chores for food" for poor kids at school (0+ / 0-)

      is very different than most chores in general - even some chores at school. Students at our school do pick up trash around the campus one day a week and recycling from other classes another day (it's a class that's very hard to get into - service learning that takes only the top 8th graders who apply). They aren't degraded - they're doing work for a grade in the context of their job: School. They also sometimes go work with charities off-campus and do other kinds of service learning work, as well as letter writing and so forth to causes they choose. Cool class, not all about picking up trash (and when they pick up trash, they also sometimes plant flowers or decorate the school in other ways).

      But saying, "If Jimmy wants to eat lunch with the other kids and his parents can't afford it, he should sweep the floors" is a different thing. It just is. And it's degrading.

      Students should learn a work ethic at school - but the way to do that is through classes, conduct expectations, and grades for ALL students, not through the uncertainty of hunger.

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