5 reasons why linking welfare payments to school attendance is a silly idea

While we hold these truths to be self evident: that school attendance is good; the latest government think-tank idea, withdrawing welfare payments from families who don’t make their kids attend school doesn’t hold up.


  1. Attending doesn’t mean there’s any learning going on
  2. Linking school to hunger isn’t good
  3. What will schools and teachers do with students who have been forced there just so that their parents can get the welfare payment.
  4. Will the students have to attend every lesson, every day, or just roll-call in the morning?
  5. How will schools deal with violent parents who now see the school as somehow responsible for depriving them of their welfare payment?


See more comments by Brian Burgess, which I pretty much agree with, in the Herald-Sun

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