|What's more important:|
THIS? Or feeding
Johnno says that while most New Zealanders believe parents should provide breakfast for their children, this could leave some children out: "And that's right, it IS the parent's responsibility. But the issue is if the parent doesn't give the child some breakfast, then will they learn at school?" Key says it makes sense for a scheme to target the most-needy, and says it would start by targeting lower-decile schools. The govt already contributes cash to the fruit-in-schools programme, which delivers about 11 million pieces of fruit a year. So...
+Most NZers feel parents SHOULD feed their kids, that its their DUTY as caring adults to put food in their children's mouths.
+But because the "most-in-need" supposedly CAN'T fulfill their parental responsibilities, their kids go to school hungry, and their education suffers because they can't concentrate.
+Therefore WE, the taxpayers, end up paying to feed these children of inadequate parents.
To simplify a not-simple issue, assuming (and it's not at all in the realm of fantasy) that the majority of these families are of indigenous origin, then surely taxpayers have already paid, repeatedly, through endless Treaty of Waitangi settlements?
Does the educating of parents in the finer points of BEING parents, not fall under the Tiriti payments' raison d'etre?
|"To hell with puha - I want KFC!"|
As usual, mainstream NZ pays for the inadequacies of some who don't want to lift their game. And as always, children are the victims.
PS: 28 May 2013 - Here're the details: $9.5million from govt, matched by the corporates. So that's $19 MILLION to help ignore parental failures! Hone Harawira WILL be pleased...