Friday, August 22, 2014

Educating Our Children

     School started this week for most states with the remainder following after Labor Day. Some students are anxious, some excited, and some are apprehensive. It does not matter whether they are beginning kindergarten or their first year in college. School can be intimidating. As a Professor of English for the past thirty years, I can say that I too lose sleep a few days before the beginning of the semester. I've learned that it is normal. However, what is not acceptable and should not be normal is that children are going to school hungry.
     How is it that this wonderful country of ours is allowing this to happen? The country that goes out of its way to help other impoverished and starving countries is ignoring its own? What are we as citizens of this country doing wrong? According to the Children's Defense Fund, over sixteen million children are poor. America, whose GDP or gross domestic product is nearly sixteen trillion is guilty of ignoring our poorest!
     Poverty and lack of education go hand in hand. So, what these numbers suggest is that Americans are also doing a poor job of educating our children, so they can heave themselves out of poverty. It is obvious that handing out food stamps or welfare checks are not enough. America needs to do more about educating our own citizens. We teach, "education is power," yet we have legislators who have never taught a class design and legislate educational laws.
     I would love to see a panel of teachers (not legislators or administrators)  in each state that direct our educational goals. We need teachers who are still teaching leading the way. I am tired of hearing, "follow the money," when it comes to educational changes. I want to say, "follow the children." Let's find out what they need, what subjects they should be taught and how, what assessments are important and why. What classes or courses are crucial or not. Teachers have a handle on what goes on in classrooms, and they know what our students need. We must educate in order to elevate, or our country is building on sandy ground.
     Pope Francis has said, "A population that does not take care of the elderly and of children and the young has no future, (sic) because it abuses both its memory and its promise.
     Link to article by CDF: Children Defense Fund

1 comment:

ce8d632a-647c-11e3-94d3-000bcdcb2996 said...

You baby boomers are the most selfish generation to ever exist. You destroyed your own children's and grandchildren's future with your short-sighted selfishness and immaturity. And then you expect them to pay for your retirement????

Can you baby boomers just hurry up and drop dead, please?