Please Don’t Feed the Children

by: the Common Constitutionalist

If you’ve ever walked through a park, you can’t help but notice the hundreds of pigeons flying around, as well as standing in front of park benches waiting to be fed. The same can be said of seagulls that hover inexplicably over landlocked parking lots.

They’re seagulls! What the heck are they doing hanging out in the parking lot an hours drive from the beach? The same thing the pigeons are doing – looking for an easy meal.

We see signs posted in every State and national Park. “Don’t Feed the Animals.” And why? Well, it’s because it’s dangerous, for one. They may just as easily turn on the one feeding them. And second: they don’t want the animals to get used to expecting a free meal. It happens all the time. The animals soon understand that it’s easier to dumpster dive or to break into someone’s home then forage or hunt for a meal.

It doesn’t take long to inadvertently train the wild beasts to infiltrate human habitat for an easy snack. But you can hardly blame the animals. The humans are the ones at fault. It’s free food after all.

And the same can now be said of America’s children. For the entire school year, the children have been conditioned to think of school as not just a place to learn (hopefully), but also the source of practically all their meals.

It used to be, back in the days of rugged individualism, that there would be one meal a day at school – lunch. You could Brown-bag it or pay for the daily cafeteria fare. Then, no doubt some politician or academic discovered that little Johnny and Janey couldn’t afford to pay for lunch. Somehow they could afford those $100 Nikes – but not lunch. read more