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Education, Spending and Personal Responsibility

The education of our children is failing them and we need to spend more money." How often have we heard that before? The solution is always to spend more of your money, isn't it? That has been the "solution" for the last 30 years and it hasn't worked. Just maybe, the solution lies somewhere else.

The fact of the matter is that we, as a nation, pay more for educating our children and get less out of it than any other nation on earth. Let me say that again: we, as a nation, pay more for educating our children and get less out of it than any other nation on earth. Why is that? You can blame the teachers' unions, you can blame the government, you can blame bad teachers. Those are all good suspects, but they aren't the main cause of our failing public education system.

The true blame lies at the feet of parents who don't do enough to ensure that their children get the education they deserve.

  • Parents, who don't ensure that their children do their homework, are to blame.
  • Parents, who don't ensure that their children have enough to eat, are to blame.
  • Parents, who don't ensure that their children aren't staying up all night playing video games, watching TV or text messaging their friends, are to blame.
Most of the children who get a bad education should point their fingers directly at their parents or, in a lot of cases, parent and say, "Why didn't you do your job and make sure I studied, did my homework and went to school?"

Having children is a tremendous responsibility and often difficult, but if you choose to have kids it is your responsibility to see that they get the education they deserve and that means you have to work along with them to ensure that it happens. Very few kids want to go to school and learn and unless their parents make them they won't. It is that simple.

Double the amount spent on education with no increase in parental involvement and responsibility and you will see almost no increase in educational gains. Hasn't that been the case for the last 30 years?

Get people to take responsibility for their children's education and you will see huge gains in the education of these same children.

Of course, politicians don't want you to hear this because it doesn't increase their power. They want to be seen as the all powerful OZ and if they can just spend more of your money, they will solve the problem.

And most of the parents of poorly educated children don't want to hear this either. They don't want to take responsibility for their kids' education. They don't want to take the time to make sure their children are doing their homework and doing their best in school. They've been told by the politicians for years that if we just spend more money the education system will get better so you don't have to be involved. They want to believe it. Well, they've been lied to and it's time someone stood up and told the truth.

As your President I will tell the truth about education. I will certainly set education as a top priority of my administration, but I will also tell people that having the government throw money at a problem isn't the only answer. Parents have to be involved in educating their children to make sure they get as good an education as possible. Because if they aren't part of the solution, they are part of the problem. And no amount of money will fix that.

The facts are the facts. If you want a better education for your children you have to be involved and give it to them. This is one problem the government can never solve on its own, no matter how much of your money they throw at it.

Frank McEnulty - Independent Presidential Candidate | Give your feedback on this article. | Visit the campaign website

Paying It Forward

Originally posted 4-15-07

Several years ago Catherine Ryan Hyde wrote a book that presented the idea of "pay it forward". In short, the idea is to do something nice for three people and when they ask how they can repay you, you tell them to do something nice for three other people. The theory was that if you kept the chain going, you could change the world eventually. The book became a movie and a foundation was even born out of the idea.

Today, as I sat in traffic trying to get into the FasTrak lane on the Bay Bridge, someone was kind enough to let me in and I waved to them in gratitude. A little further up the line someone sat with their blinker on obviously trying to get over into my lane and nobody ahead of me would let them in. As I approached, I thought about not letting them in because I was in a hurry but then thought to myself that the person behind me was probably in a hurry too but she let me in. I let the driver in and a little further up the road, they let another stranded lane changer in. The theory of paying it forward worked. It was a small thing but it got me to thinking about how much better a world we would live in if we all made sure to pay forward the nice things people do for us every day. People hold doors for us and we say thank you but then let the door hit someone else behind us because we don't hold it that extra second so they can get through. People help us pick up heavy things and we say thank you but then often turn around and walk by someone else that is struggling with a heavy object because we're in a hurry or have "done our good deed for the day" somewhere else. How can we break out of the habit of taking and not giving? How can we be as kind to others as we would like them to be to us?

I have an idea. In this world of wearing ribbons and wristbands to support every cause known to man, why not find a way to remind ourselves to be more civil to one another? We wear these bands and ribbons to support people we often don't even know, which is a good thing. Why not wear one to support the people we see every day as well? I propose that we all start wearing olive green ribbons and wristbands as a reminder to "pay it forward" in our daily lives. It is a silly little reminder but it can send a powerful message and possibly even make a difference in the world around us.

You're probably wondering why I chose olive green as the color for my idea. Olive green is the color of many non-dress military uniforms. It's the color they sweat in a lot of the time. The men and women of the armed services "pay it forward" every day for the American people as they defend and protect people that they have never met because they believe that it is the right thing to do. Whether for or against the war or the current administration, most Americans agree that the troops are doing a service for the American people and deserve our respect. These ribbons and wristbands would serve as our way of reminding us to serve our fellow man here at home in a smaller but no less important way.

We can make a big difference if we all do a little.

Troy Wilson-Ripsom - Staff Writer | Give your feedback on this article.



Get Involved

Do you sit and yell at the TV when politicians come on? Do you shake your head sadly whenever you see a homeless veteran? Is that all you tend to do?

It's time to put up or shut up America. We all love to talk about how we could do things better or how we would do it if we were in charge. Well, it's time to put your money where your mouth is. If you can think of it, you can write it down. If you can write it down, you can type it. If you can type it, you can e-mail it and if you can e-mail it, you can send it here.

We at Reform America are committed to giving voice to anyone who wants to put their ideas out there to make our nation a better place. As the readership grows, we are able to take those views to a wider and wider audience. Grassroots campaigns begin with voices speaking out. You have opinions. Voice them. We aren't about conservative or liberal. We aren't about pro-this or anti-that. We're about Americans and the First Amendment. Reform America is about politics by, for and of the people. You are the people. You only need to speak up. America is listening. Send your article to: stories@reform-america.net



Have You Been Downsized Due to Outsourcing?

For several years now we have listened to some within the business community tell us that America can't compete on a global scale unless they send our jobs overseas where they can be done cheaper. The question becomes, if we don't have good paying jobs here, how can we sustain our own economy? We want to hear from you. Have you lost your job? Have you been forced into a lower wage job due to outsourcing? Has outsourcing been a success for you? Did you end up in a better job?

Tell us your story so we can make sure the politicians see how outsourcing really impacts the workers who are backbone of America. Send your story to stories@reform-america.net

 

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