Neighborhoods should come together to learn about their neighbors and community. With technology exchange email and telephone numbers. Neighbors must not live in isolation. Parents should have email and telephone numbers of every parent in their child’s class or classes. Parents need to communicate more in the neighborhood. If situations are happening in the neighborhood that should be communicated to the neighborhood. The best neighborhood watch is email, text messages, visibility and cell phone numbers.
Kids who grow up disadvantaged often struggle in school relative to their peers. Many carry negative feelings about school into adulthood, and – deliberately or not – pass their negativity on to their children. Fear, resentment, and distrust of schools can become ingrained in kids minds before they even start kindergarten.
In order to win the money, the states must show a plan for the money. There is an application process and it is not as easy as it sounds. States hoping to win the money go through a rigorous process. Part of that process is to ensure that the money goes to what it is intended for, helping the children of that state obtain a stellar education.
But why are the results often mixed or uneven? Very simply, we do not pay kids enough money to create a really strong incentive to learn. While 00 may look like a huge sum for a high school student, it really is not that much in New york city. I dare any of you adult readers to prepare for and pass an AP exam in any of the subjects other than what you know professionally. You will see it is not easy, and certainly requires a lot of work. And you won’t do this for a 00 bucks.
What we need is a nationwide, grassroots movement to force education reform. It’s time to be preparing students to be the future leaders of America and we need to be teaching them the needed skills.
If I have a medical problem, my husband and I don’t sit up all night trying to figure it out. We go to someone who is a trained specialist in that particular area.
So the question comes back to you, gentle reader. What have you done? What have you donated? Have you participated in a search committee for a local progressive candidate? Have you pounded the pavement campaigning for a genuine liberal? Have you attended town hall meetings and brought scientific evidence with you to ask difficult questions of the candidates? Have you written your senator? Have you written the president? Have you participated in a boycott of a company that defrauded America? Have you joined the Occupiers?