Making a meal of everything

A hamburger with a sesame seed roll.
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A primary school has sparked a hot row (excuse the pun) over whether parents should be rewarded for just making sure their kids attend school - now even the simplest of tasks is becoming fodder for the political masses. The debate comes as the school has decided to reward parents with a  £40 voucher for a Curry - as long as their kids are in class on time, and all day. Well, would you believe it - now even the simplest of tasks of marching your kid off to the school gates can now be rewarded - or is being made a meal of. What happened to parents being parents, and actually doing what they are supposed to be doing in the first place? On a lighter take, why Curry? Why not Chinese? Thai? MacDonald's, Burger King, KFC? On the broader point, it smacks of desperation.On the narrower point, is this not sending out a message that now anything in life can be monetised or rewarded. So, can I claim for a  £40 pair of trainers if I pay my taxes on time? It's the same thing, Kids have to go to school, (regardless of their whining) And us adults HAVE to pay OUR taxes, (Despite not wanting to really in theory). We all have to do things in life we don't really want to do. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has campaigned tirelessly for kids to shift away from the take out lifestyle to the more healthier eating option for under a tenner, (good ol' Sainsburys) and is no doubt holding his head in his noodles probably exasperated at this latest offering from the bureaucrats in public service, (in this case the Primary Head Teacher of this school)
One blog commentor makes a neat point on Iain Dale's blog in the comments section: "What is worse is the the illiterate offspring of these low lifes will be rewarded with places at Oxford and Cambridge because Ed Balls thinks this is a good idea."
Give that man a Curry....
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Fri, 07/24/2009 - 17:27
<span style="font-family: verdana; font-size: 10px; color: #565759; line-height: 16px" class="Apple-style-span">Man&nbsp;&hellip;we have the same problem here in India, trust me. Subsidies of all sorts, to the &nbsp;&quot;poor and downtrodden&quot;, train fare reduced, mid day meal programmes to lure kids in the corporation schools&nbsp;&hellip;as if we have to kneel down in front of them, beg, so that &quot;their&quot; children get educated&nbsp;&hellip;this is just so totally wrong&nbsp;&hellip;</span>