How on earth have we managed to get ourselves into a position where poverty shaming students at schools for not paying their voluntary fees is an acceptable method of treating our children by schools?
I imagine school boards of trustees stacked with contemptible pricks who inflict in others behaviour based on their own precious invisible privilege up bringing without any appreciation of just how cruel they are being dominating the decision making behind ideas like bag tags and detaining children in class rooms…
Fees-row pupils kept out of class
About 30 boys are being pulled out of class and made to sit in the school hall while staff at Whangarei Boys’ High School chase up outstanding fees…Yesterday, Whangaparaoa School backed down on a scheme to give tags to families which could identify which students had their donation paid.
…meanwhile we have two Ministers of the Crown attacking Metiria over a jacket instead of inequality, we have the PM wanting to talk a flag change instead of inequality and a mainstream media in a manufactured feeding frenzy attempting to claim the Leader of the Opposition is a liar rather than focus on the inequality his policy would alleviate.
We are a nation as caught up in poverty denial as we are caught up in climate change denial, we refuse to accept others are doing poorly because it grates against our pretensions that we are an egalitarian country and forces us to confront the imbalances and lack of social justice in our country. Those issues raise awkward questions about us and our capital gains free property wealth speculation alongside the billions given away in tax cuts to the richest NZers, best to deny it all and come up with ways to humiliate parents who we all know just need some punishment to stop spending their money on booze and ciggies right?
Welcome to the see no poverty, hear no poverty, speak no poverty joke that is NZ.