West Virginia Republican: Make Kids Work As Janitors For School Lunches
This lawmaker thinks we’d make it too easy on students if they don’t have to work for food.
The West Virginia House recently passed a school lunch bill on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis, by a vote of 89-9, according to the Associated Press. The Feed to Achieve Act would establish nonprofits to solicit private donations to go toward providing every child with a breakfast and lunch at no cost.
But one Republican suggested that was a misguided notion.
“I think it would be a good idea if perhaps we had the kids work for their lunches: trash to be taken out, hallways to be swept, lawns to be mowed, make them earn it,” Del. Ray Canterbury (R-Greenbrier) said during floor debate. “If they miss a lunch or they miss a meal they might not, in that class that afternoon, learn to add, they may not learn to diagram a sentence, but they’ll learn a more important lesson.”
Canterbury argued that providing students with free lunches would destroy their work ethic and show them “there’s an easy way,” the Charleston Gazette reported.