As a Rabbi, I am more of a teacher than preacher. I try to teach to people things that are painful to learn on their own. I try to teach compassion, sympathy and empathy through my own actions. I try to teach others the value of helping their fellow man, to trust others, to find a cause that you hold dear that does not hold others down. I admit I am not always a good teacher, I am flawed, I am damaged, just like every other human on this planet.
Now some of you might be under the false impression that compassion, sympathy, and empathy are the same thing, and while they encompass similar feelings they are different in their meaning.
: a feeling of wanting to help someone who is sick, hungry, in trouble, etc.
sympathy: the feeling that you care about and are sorry about someone else's trouble, grief, misfortune, etc. : a sympathetic feeling
: a feeling of support for something
So, basically we have moved on to telling parents that they should be responsible to ensure kids have winter clothing capable of protecting them from subzero weather. Hell, even when I was working security I didn't keep arctic clothing in West Virginia, this is not the kind of weather you normally expect out of Oklahoma, +Larry Dillon you are close to OKC, is this normal weather?
But now we have gone from demonizing poor parents to demonizing poor kids. They want to claim we are going to create a sense of entitlement, make them lazy, or otherwise set up another generation to be "welfare queens" just because the school district called off school out of a real concern about their safety. I don't see that at all, what I see is a shift in policy that ensures children are not put in harms way. Sure if you don't like your child standing outside waiting for the bus, you can always drive them, if your means allow for it. But just because you have the means, does not mean you have the right to look down on others who do not. Use a little empathy and sympathy if you have it, then use some compassion to change it.