Another unfair program based on food

Special to The TelegraphOctober 26, 2012 

I read in The Telegraph, Oct. 19, that another discriminating educational program is being offered to only Bibb students who are on the free lunch program. Regardless of how it is financed, this is another welfare program, not based on one’s educational need, but using free food as criteria to provide educational exceptions for some.

If students cannot pay for school lunches or bring their lunch from home, their parents are probably already receiving free food stamps to feed their children. Regardless, using free food should not be used as a tool for any student to receive yet another biased “educational” program.

A parent providing their child with food does not provide them with an education. Parents who do or do not receive food stamps are more capable of feeding their children than teaching them academics, especially those having a handicap and/or special educational needs that only certified special educational teachers can provide. Yet, some students are denied “educational needs” due to income or they pay for their lunches; or they attend schools as directed by the county that are not classified as a low-income schools.

Handouts based on such bias exceptions are diminishing one’s responsibilities, human value and pride. In education and other categories, many additional government programs are offered to low-income people. Yet, parents having small income of the middle-class take pride in providing their children with food, but cannot provide their children with computers, Internet technology or provide digital training. Since politicians will not stop “federal spending” and President Obama says that everybody should have a fair shot and everyone should do their fair share and play by the same rules. Well, every child is given a fair shot at a so-called free education whether they pay for lunches or pay their fair share or not.

However, the federal ESEA Title 1 programs and other federal programs, provide additional federal funds for some students; additional educational programs that provide additional “shots” for some students that is unfair to others who pay their fair share and pay for lunch, yet denied their educational needs. Plus, all do not play by the same rules. For those who do not know what constitutes ESEA Title 1 schools, the federal government provides additional federal funds for schools earmarked as low-income. How long will it take Congress, the Department of Education and others to realize a student’s education should not depend on racial percentage nor based on a house or school building, regardless of community location. Houses and school buildings do not educate, educators do? An educator is a person who teaches/educates others, such as parents, teachers, etc.

In June 2011, chief officer of the federal welfare programs reported to Congress that no one knows how many, or who can identify, all existing welfare programs, much less know how many overlap and they certainly don’t know exactly what they are spending or what we are getting for our money.

However, in 2011 it was reported the total federal and state welfare spending neared $1 trillion. Another shocker, Oct. 14, 2012 on the John Stossel Show, “After the Welfare State,” Tom Palmar stated there were 15,000 tax paid people employed by New York’s welfare program alone. Does anyone know what they do and for what salary?

Faye W. Tanner is a resident of Macon.

In her opening paragraph, Tanner is referring to a new program “Connect2Compete,” a public-private partnership dedicated to providing digital opportunity to all Americans, funded by a $3 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The program will provide low-cost Internet access, digital literacy training and refurbished computers to low-income families. Bibb County was one of 10 communities chosen to participate in the program.

-- Editors

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