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Free school meals for all sounds great, but eroding parental responsibility will come back to bite

City AM

Onward’s Deputy Director Adam Hawksbee discusses parental responsibility in CityAM.  He writes:

‘Sadiq Khan rarely receives positive headlines, so the mayor will have been delighted with recent praise for his commitment to universal free school meals. A new study finds that when all kids get a free lunch from primary schools it cuts obesity, improves attainment and reduces stigma for poorer pupils. What’s not to like?

But there’s a problem with this brand of “evidence-based policy”. Studies looking at government interventions in isolation often ignore their broader societal impacts. Each time responsibility shifts from the individual or families to the state, it’s easy to focus on the specific outcomes that can be measured instead of the eroded norms that can’t. We should pause before we further undermine parental responsibility.’

Read the full piece here.


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