One Georgia representative feels that along with reading, writing and arithmetic, broom pushing should be involved if students receive free lunch. Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga, of course) believes children who receive a free lunch at school should have to work for it. He thinks that no child should learn early in life that there is “no such thing as a free ride.”
Kingston proposes that students actually do manual labor, such as sweeping floors and cleaning.
Currently under the federal free lunch program, families with low income at or below 130 percent of the poverty line qualify for free meals. Those families with incomes between 130 percent and 185 percent qualify for reduced meals.
Kingston, who is vying to be his party’s nominee in Georgia’s Senate race next year, came out against the free lunch program during a meetingof the Jackson County Republican Party about the federal school lunch program.
“But one of the things I’ve talked to the secretary of agriculture about: Why don’t you have the kids pay a dime, pay a nickel to instill in them that there is, in fact, no such thing as a free lunch? Or maybe sweep the floor of the cafeteria — and yes, I understand that that would be an administrative problem, and I understand that it would probably lose you money. But think what we would gain as a society in getting people — getting the myth out of their head that there is such a thing as a free lunch,” he said.
Kingston isn’t the only one in favor of making kids work for their food. In November 2011, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) received backlash when he proposed that janitors at low income schools should be fired and have students clean the schools instead.
“You say to somebody, you shouldn’t go to work before you’re what, 14, 16 years of age, fine. You’re totally poor. You’re in a school that is failing with a teacher that is failing. I’ve tried for years to have a very simple model,” Gingrich said. “Most of these schools ought to get rid of the unionized janitors, have one master janitor and pay local students to take care of the school. The kids would actually do work, they would have cash, they would have pride in the schools, they’d begin the process of rising.”
Let’s just forget the fact that kids in low income families have it hard enough as it is. So have them clean the halls and bathrooms while their peers laugh at them. All for a government bologna sandwich and some fries.