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RE: a few points before we wait for the laws



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I concur totally. Maja Daruwala

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> Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2000 15:59:04 EST
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> I don't see this as discrimination against the poor.  Two things
> I want to
> make clear:
>     1) A right so Fundamental as this, not only for the
> individual, but for
> the well being of Democracy itself, shouldn't be prevented by
> parents.  If a
> child wanted to practice his/her religion, the parent cannot prevent it.
> Free speech cannot be prevented by parents as well.  Right to
> life can't be
> prevented by parents as well.  THe child has been granted these 'a priori
> rights, and violation of these will result in the incarceration of the
> violator by the state.
>     Similarly, Right to a quality education is a fundamental
> right of all.
> It shouldn't be just of the rich!  It should be universal and
> applicable to
> all.  The rich have money to send kids to schools and they do.  THe poor
> don't and we need to help them as a compassionate government.
>
>     2) I did not make the claim that the poor parents don't want
> to educate
> their kids.  I merely said, partially deriving info from my own empirical
> knowledge, that when a poor person has a kid, and if the kid is
> of age, they
> are sent to work.  WHy? Because no work means no food.  This is
> the reason
> most poor people don't send their kids to schools.
>     We need to change this, by first offering incentives, such as
> free food
> for children who attend schools (which already exists in most states) and
> free education.  Parents who still force their kids to go to work and not
> provide them with this basic right and those who interfere in the
> process of
> democracy, need to punished.  We will punish anyone who
> interferes with the
> democratic process, and someone who infringes on the rights of others.
> Similarly we need to punish those who infringe their kids right
> to education
> and who interfere with democracy.  A democracy is MOST effective when the
> mass is educated, and when the people aren't ignorant or fear
> ridden, which
> is due to lack of education.
>
> For these reasons we need to have mandatory education.  I don't
> think this is
> unfair treatment to the poor, instead its an opportunity to help
> the poor.
> Its a must of all governments, and all democracies.
>
> - Naveen
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