READERS DISCUSS: Melbourne Cup shown to students

"MY children can opt out of religious education, can opt not to sing the national anthem, but are compelled to holler and cheer at horses being whipped within an inch of their lives," a reader writes about their thoughts on why the Melbourne Cup should not be shown at schools.

We asked: Should the Melbourne Cup be shown in schools? Is there anything else you do/don't like about the sport?

Julie Matheson - Personally I don't get into the Melbourne Cup. But remember in primary school going to our principal's house (small country school) to watch. No bets but a sweep with the winner getting a bag of lollies. Didn't turn me into a gambler. Great memory though

Theresa West - Does this person live under a rock you knew that the Melbourne Cup was coming up and the schools have let students watch the cup for ever, so if your to lazy to go to your school and say you don't want your child to participate in this event it's your problem. And the horses aren't whipped within an inch of their lives.

Craig L. Welfare - Great logic. Should bring the cane back too, right? But you do make a good point about active participation by parents in their child's education

Jeany Heague - Melbourne cup has been getting played at schools for ever and a day. Get over yourself.

Craig L. Welfare - Change and questioning tradition means progress for society. Get over it.

Jeany Heague - Change in a lot of other areas may mean progress for society, but to have society you need money so what do you have up your sleeve to generate as much as the Melbourne cup? I do not see how stopping the Melbourne cup being played in schools is progress for society - please explain?

Emma Erntell - Jeany, how about the fact that showing it in schools is normalising and promoting gambling (which often turns into problem gambling) and not showing it in schools stops this normalisation?

 

Susan Cunningham - Whipped to within an inch of their lives?

It's 1 horse race, once a year. Takes about 3 minutes out of the kids lives. It's a community event. No-one has to gamble if they don't want to. Now if they were having gambling classes through out the year I could see a problem but this is a mountain being made out of a molehill.



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