Comments: What should we oughta do?

On Food Backpacks: Great. One more social service that schools will provide. I'm not against feeding children, and I think the program is innovative and appropriate. But the schools are having to do more and more social welfare work as a corrolary to their instructional duties, increased responsibilities which rarely come with increases in funding or authority or expertise.

And speaking of misplaced responsibilities: Why should the children be responsible for hauling their family food? Why aren't the adults responsible for getting the food when it's made available? And if the adults aren't sufficiently responsible to get the available food, why isn't someone asking whether they are responsible enough to, say, have children?

I'm sorry, this is a bandaid on an amputation....

Posted by Jonathan Dresner at April 15, 2004 01:32 PM

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Posted by John Byrne at April 15, 2004 04:40 PM

While I agree with you, Jonathan, I can't find it in my heart to be sorry that when I wake up tomorrow, I'll know that at least a few hungry children are being fed.

No, our schools shouldn't have to be social welfare offices, that's very true.

On the other hand, at least they care and they're taking action, which is more than the majority of people in this country are doing.

Posted by Anne at April 16, 2004 11:51 AM

I agree. That's the sad part. I think it's great that someone cares, that they're doing something, that it's working. Still..... it's sad.

Posted by Jonathan Dresner at April 16, 2004 12:49 PM