We often hear it said the children of today are our leaders of tomorrow.
We know when community leaders and political leaders receive free gifts from corporations and ” captains of industry” (including for example the tobacco industry) and start to speak in favour of them or come under their sway, that that is not ethical and acceptable behaviour.
We have a name for that kind of behaviour.
So it makes me wonder if it is alright for school children to receive free newspapers from a newspaper company and then write a letter to editor to the same newspaper to say we ” thank the Fiji Sun for their free daily supply of newspapers” (FS 23/4).
What kind of future leaders are these children likely to make? The free gift taking kind? How can they be expected to cast a critical eye on issues confronting the community – both local and global?
If the schools do not have a budget to buy their own newspapers ( what kind of education is the school offering then?) then they should pass a hat around to collect the money to buy their own newspapers.
There is more dignity in that and a better likelihood of producing leaders with integrity.