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.
- Attending doesn’t mean there’s any learning going on
- Linking school to hunger isn’t good
- What will schools and teachers do with students who have been forced there just so that their parents can get the welfare payment.
- Will the students have to attend every lesson, every day, or just roll-call in the morning?
- 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