Those who believe in the sanctity of the fetus would be far more convincing if they included the miracle of a baby seeking knowledge. We have understood the importance of pre-k brain development for many years, but we deny adequate funding for programs that teach parents and caretakers how to encourage this brain development with infants and toddlers. Many of our fellow citizens are bringing infants into the world without the parenting skills that they need, nor the money necessary to pay trained caretakers who read more…
Severe hunger in children can cause a high death rate from infectious diseases. Our food stamp program, started in the late 1960s ended malnutrition that had brought about infectious diseases, and a high death rate. Prevention is the answer to ending hunger in the United States. We know how to win War on Poverty but we are in danger of ignoring the evidence. We are not an impoverished country like Haiti, Yemen, or South Sudan. We have no ongoing war as read more…
President Johnson initiated the war on poverty 50 years ago, but we have fallen into a war on the poor. We do not see that low-income working families and individuals are not paid enough to afford adequate food and market housing. Voters do not understand that subsidized food and housing, and full day preschool and grade school are essential for low-salaried families and individuals, who face homelessness and abject poverty without them.
There is a lot to learn between birth and first grade and this does not happen automatically. While parents play a huge role in offering their children learning opportunities, preschool prepares a child for learning in a group in kindergarten. A child poorly prepared for kindergarten may lack the social skills, self-control, and other basic learning so that he or she can develop self-confidence and learn with others in first grade. Without preparation for first grade, a child may never catch up.
The goal of educational programs at any age should be to create an educational environment that fosters a love of learning and the confidence to ask questions and seek answers. If we do not use these early years to their fullest by requiring quality programs to begin the learning process, we have failed our children, and, in turn, our society. We must demand funding for quality early education, and hold schools accountable to provide it, or it will not happen.
Homelessness is a result of extreme poverty and lack of housing. No full-time minimum wage job is sufficient to pay for market rate housing. Because of this, many millions of families are on the edge of homelessness. 6 million more units of subsidized housing are needed to meet the present need.
Typically, a mother in her late twenties with two children, and
single mothers make up 84% of families experiencing homelessness.
Children in 42% homeless families are less than 6 years old, and
families experience higher rates of separation of family members to fin housing than those living at home.
More than half of homeless mothers dropped out of high school.
Eboo Patel speaks about the importance of respecting people’s diverse religious and non-religious identities. He suggests that we find ways to develop mutually inspiring relationships between people of many faiths and backgrounds, perhaps by working together on one or more common actions for the common good.
In New Orleans and Boston, as well as other cities and rural areas in the country, there are 1.6 million young people, most aged 16 to 24, and some as young as 14, who are living on their own without the supervision of an adult. These young people are referred to as “Unaccompanied Youth,” and they may live in parks, cars, hallways or hidden on the street, or undeveloped areas. In addition, there are perhaps as many or more than 10,000 unaccompanied and undocumented youth in US detention centers that are not necessarily oriented to children. Some have families here in the U.S. whom they wish to join. Many come to escape the violence they experienced in their communities in Central and South America. These children are caught while crossing our borders.
The dream for our country envisioned by republican and democratic presidents in the 1940s, 50s and 60s has given way to the unending greed of corporations and certain wealthy individuals. Now, corporations and wealthy individuals consider themselves exempt from paying their fair share, and feel entitled to the use of our taxes, to giant subsidies in the form of tax exemptions and to proportionately low tax rates.
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