This past Thursday, Tennessee senator, Stacey Campfield, initiated a bill that would base welfare funding on the grades of the receiver’s child(ren). The bill would reduce the amount of aid given to those whose children receive less than satisfactory grades in school.
In an effort to make parents understand the importance of education, Senator Campfield believes that the only motivational tool left is payments made to families. He believes the bill, which would reduce a family’s welfare payments by 30%, has the potential to be used on a national level to break the chains of “generations of poverty.”
“Like I said, I don’t want these kids to be rocket scientists,” Campfield said. “I don’t want them to split the atom. Listen, passing a grade is not too high a standard. To say, ‘Listen, if your kid shows up at school at 11 o’clock in your pajamas, that kid is not ready for school.’ Families have to take a responsibility for having the kids prepared to go to school.”
Campfield’s proposal, much like his past efforts to require citizens of Tennessee to pass drug tests before receiving government benefits, is not without opposition. MSNBC anchor, Martin Bashir, brought up the effect on students who do badly in school because of bad conditions at home and teachers’ willingness to hurt a child’s grade knowing it may affect their family’s financial needs. During a recent interview, Bashir also questioned Campfield on placing that much pressure on a child to do well.
“Is it going to be perfect, is every child going to be saved? No,” Campfield said, before adding, “The give-a-man-a-fish system is not working.”
Read the full article on MSNBC’s website and watch the interview below.
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