I couldn’t believe my ears while watching the ABC news story about New York’s Mayor Bloomberg’s new incentive plan to get low income parents to “do the right thing” by their children. Bloomberg’s “Opportunity NYC” initiative was launched today in Brooklyn, consisting of three separate programs, to pay low-income families to take better care of their children’s health and education. The program is being offered to 5,000 low-income families, with payments in varying amounts to the families, if they get more involved in their children’s schooling, grades, attendance, doctor’s visits, etc. $200.00 for a doctor’s visit?!
Attendance at school – $25.00 – $50.00
Parent Teacher Conferences – $25.00
Library Card – $50.00
Doctor’s Visit – $200.00
Maintain Full Time Employment – $150.00
Furthering Adult Education – $200.00 – $600.00
To read the full schedule of “payments” click here.
One excuse given in the story was that “Sometimes, people need a little encouragement, so maybe this will help wake some people up”. Whatever happened to parental responsibility?! Parents need to pay close attention to what is going on with their children, their schooling, grades, their health, etc. But now parents are going to be paid to do what they should already be doing?! Hmm, paying parents to do what they should already be doing for their children, because it’s their children. Isn’t that what we call Bribery? Where do I sign up? I’ve got a kid wanting to go to college.