I don't recall ever having to do school fundraisers as a kid, but then again, that was in the ‘60s and ‘70s. My son's schools, however, have always had, and still do fundraisers for various things the schools need, but are pitifully underfunded for.
The kids would get out there going door to door, some with parents accompanying, others in pairs or small groups, but there was a pride and a sense of purpose for these kids; they were doing something good, something beneficial for their school. They were assuming responsibility.
Now, moms and dads take the forms to work to guilt their friends and co-workers into helping little Johnny be a top seller, while he sits at home after school enraptured in the latest video game. If that weren't bad enough, today I got a phone call at my place of business from a fundraising company on behalf of one of our middle schools. Is this where our school tax dollars are now going?
Let's take all the responsibility off of our kids and further encourage that sense of entitlement, that “it's not my job” mentality and pay someone else to deal with the school's needs. Really? I was shocked to get a call from a fundraising company when we have how many hundreds of perfectly capable young people around to get the job done?
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Have we really sunk so low on the laziness/shirk our responsibility meter? No wonder this country is going down the road to laziness and ruin.
The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.