Trashing Our Kids

OP-ED COLUMNIST
Even Worse for Young Workers
By BOB HERBERT
Young people who remain unemployed for substantial periods of time will not only find it difficult to make up that ground, but could be lastingly scarred.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/28/opinion/28herbert.html?th&emc=th

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One of my neighbors several weeks back published an excellent letter in the NY Times pointing out that testing of young children tends to destroy their love of learning which needs to be encouraged at the earliest age to make education more than a punitive block to gaining knowledge. Sadly she was addressing only a portion of American kids because most do not (as do those in other developed nations) even get the benefit of early education. Such is only available to many at exorbitant tuition costs. Thus, most are permanently left at a disadvantage in our competitive culture.

Bob Herbert’s column further notes the exclusion from jobs of even those who have made it through college, let alone done high school. And it is no secret that without jobs kids are likely headed towards crime and jail which will pretty well wipe out their futures — all those homeless vets.

Bottom line is that we Americans are trashing our kids. We have the world’s highest incarceration rate (1/4 of the total with a population of only 1/20).

No fault of the Chinese, then, to scorn our lack of respect for human rights at home. Shame on us.

Ed Kent

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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