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  1. Sharon Hiltibidal

    Oh – you almost got there! But not quite. We graduate an average of 72% of all high school students. In affluent neighborhoods the percentage is much higher, and in poor rural and/or inner city school districts, it can be as low as 50%.

    Every study out there suggests that if you want to reach a kid with enough esteem, encouragement, mentoring, support, and respect to ensure THEY OVERCOME whatever is in their lives, you have to do it in the earliest ages. You’re fighting gangs, poverty, abuse, homelessness, decrepit school buildings and sometimes, the most ill prepared teachers at those very very poor schools.

    But you’re also lining your own pocket, so to speak.

    A kid who has never finished high school has absolutely no chance of ever earning a living wage for himself or his family. They cannot participate in a quest for the middle class. They and their children are doomed to repeat the cycle of poverty and lack of proper education.

    Thus we support them in prisons, we suffer their gang fights, their drug addictions; our property values go down, our neighborhoods crumble, our country is deprived of the general benefit in taxes paid, homes purchased and maintained, roads and bridges and school dollars available, and we see the absolute waste of generational proverty and crime generation after generation.

    2% of our entire population of 300 million are in prison in this country. You are supporting them.

    1. Mike Mathea

      Sharon the only problem with you position is all the international educational studies I have reviewed show those nations that discount self esteem and creativity always suffer in the technical edcuation area. It appears we have to decide lees self esteem and more technical skills or more esteem and less technical skills.
      Sorry to say but in today’s world technical skills are more important.

      1. Sharon Hiltibidal

        Mike, I think you need to re-read your study – link it here for us if you can.

        ‘discount’ normally means give little significance to. You seem to be contradicting your premise.

  2. Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
    The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.
    Old saws had it right. Is a secular humanist government the right delivery vehicle?

  3. I, for one, am surprised that Obama’s “solution” for lagging test scores is to throw more money at the problem and hire more unionized government employees. Shocking!

    1. Sharon Hiltibidal

      Mopre money?

      What is the cost of prison for 6 million?

      Lost wages?

      lost taxes?

      poverty and crime?

      No guarantees… but certainly leaving those kids unable to compete has not helped us one iota.

  4. @Sharon – you should post here more often. You have IMHO excellent observations backed up with facts and common sense.

    thank you!

  5. “Progressives” have been in control of Detroit for at least 50-60 years. If their policies were any good should’nt Detroit be the gem of the world.

    Instead it is the arm pit. Run whenever you hear a “Progressive” speak.

  6. The basic notion that the Federal Government wants to add pre-school to the list of failed educational initiatives is amazing. There is data to suggest that pre-school is not a lasting impact. Interesting to read this data, of which I am sceptical. The issue is education and getting the status quo public education out of the way, moving unions to the sidelines, and using good management practices to make this work. All other distractions should be viewed with disdain. Our kids need better and we should not deter from giving it to them.

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