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True story. This was in Ottawa. Late 90s.

The school had a problem with a few kids (I believe about 20) showing up hungry. The school's solution was to initiate "the breakfast club" where kids could eat before school. There was no cafeteria - kids brought lunch from home and ate in the classrooms.

I found out because my kids (then 7 and 6) no longer wanted to eat breakfast at home. They told me about "the breakfast club" and that "every kid went", because all you had to do was show up. Breakfast was typically bagels and fruit.

Within 2 months the school had set up the gymnasium as a makeshift cafeteria because 20 hungry kids had become 400 hungry kids. They would take it all out in time for gym classes. When possible I would drive them to school as I didn't care if I was the last parent on earth feeding my kids breakfast, dammit, I was feeding them breakfast.

Well, it wasn't long until kids not getting breakfast became kids not having lunch. You can see where this went in a hurry.

At the beginning of the school year we had 20 kids with no breakfast. They never addressed the hungry kids' parents (the school said specifically that it wasn't their place to do so). Now we had no gym because it had been turned into a cafeteria and every kid was getting free breakfast AND lunch at the school.

20 missing meals. The solution was 800 meals and teaching an entire school full of kids that they are better off with the school feeding them than their parents. I absolutely hated it and the school thought I was crazy.

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the great mechanic fairae didn't fix my truck last night :(

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Adam Swift (born 1961) is a British political philosopher and sociologist who promotes liberal egalitarianism. He has published books on communitarianism, on the philosophical aspects of school choice, and on social justice, as well as an extremely successful introduction to contemporary political theory which has been translated into several languages.

Swift studied PPE at Balliol College, Oxford, where he was taught by Steven Lukes. He then did an MPhil in Sociology at Nuffield College, and subsequently became a Fellow of Balliol College. He completed his DPhil while a Fellow, on the topic of 'A Sociologically Informed Political Theory'.[1] He has since been Director of the Oxford Centre for the Study of Social Justice, and has held visiting positions at Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Australian National University, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison.[2] He is currently working on developing a liberal egalitarian theory of the family with Harry Brighouse. Since January 2013, he has been Professor of Political Theory in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. [3]

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'Some jackass professor says that parents who read to their kids at bedtime are unfairly disadvantaging other kids: '

Does anybody care to take a guess at his political affiliation?

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Dumbing down. Everyone is a winner. Is this really the way to prepare children to become mature adults who can function in a world that can have disappointments and nasty surprises? Now thoughtful parenting is an unfair advantage?? I am appalled.

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What's the saying? Something about things adjusting to the lowest common denominator.

What about raising the standard so that EVERYBODY aspires to be good, involved parents? Some of our cherished family memories center around either me or Mr. Scandle reading to our kids.

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holy bejeezus. so good parenting is disadvantaging?

wowzers.

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Some jackass professor says that parents who read to their kids at bedtime are unfairly disadvantaging other kids:

(As a personal aside, we once got a letter home from our kids' school asking us to please stop sending such nice lunches, as it could make other kids with less capable parents feel bad about themselves. I kept that letter for years but lost it unfortunately.)

So anyway, here's what the bozo said:

"‘We could prevent elite private schooling without any real hit to healthy family relationships, whereas if we say that you can’t read bedtime stories to your kids because it’s not fair that some kids get them and others don’t, then that would be too big a hit at the core of family life.’

‘I don’t think parents reading their children bedtime stories should constantly have in their minds the way that they are unfairly disadvantaging other people’s children, but I think they should have that thought occasionally,’

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If you go to "Tools" you can design a card Mrs. VA can hand out to business contacts.

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You've mentioned her before VA and she sounds like such a joy <not>

I do not understand being someone's guest and acting that way. All I ask is to please not put anything that came from an animal in my food, and if that's too much too ask then I am more that capable of cooking and would be happy to cook for everyone.

I you wanted their input on the way you live you would have asked them. The only time I give unsolicited input to a guest/host is if I know that something is dangerous, horribly unhealthy for them, there are "politics" behind something that I *know* they would want to know about because it's something they normally care about OR they made the choice to be disrespectful to me about my lifestyle choices--in that last case they can expect an earful possibly including pictures and video :^P

I try to subscribe to the "More flies with honey than vinegar approach".

~rabbit~

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