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  •  "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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