Monday, March 21, 2005

Back To Reality

Now that I've treated everyone to yet another wasted ovulation hissy fit, as well as the not-so-intimate details of my disappointing personal life, I shall move back to my usual subjects.

And, I'll open with this. A March 19, 2005, story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal reports that:

"The steady march of grim news out of the Milwaukee County foster care program, which the state runs, just won't halt. The latest is that abuse and neglect in foster homes, where children are placed because of abuse and neglect in their own homes, rose last year from the previous year, according to a state analysis reported on by the Journal Sentinel's Mary Zahn."


Here's the first good suggestion to improve child "protective" services I've seen in a long time. In a letter to the editor, a writer suggests hiring seniors to help case workers (overwhelmed by all the needless child -- read not too damaged, thus easily adoptable/salable -- stealings, that they can't deal with -- and can barely seem to recognize -- children who really are abused and in desperate need of help).

I think that's a wonderful idea, as most seniors have been parents -- unlike the just graduated, under-educated, inexperienced, childless, individuals typical of the business -- or at the very least have accumulated a lifetime's worth of common sense and experience.

From the Washington Times, March 21, 2005:

Bill Gates has declared American high schools "obsolete." In a Feb. 26 speech to the National Education Summit on High Schools, he said "our high schools — even when they're working exactly as designed — cannot teach our kids what they need to know today."

These criticisms are not new, but the fact that America's most successful businessman is concerned about how America will survive in a world that requires educated workers should cause people to take notice. Mr. Gates went on to say he was "terrified for our work force of tomorrow."

The problems of high schools are well-documented — low graduation rates, graduates who enter college but require remedial classes, billions spent on retraining by businesses to bring employees up to a basic level of English and math. Consequently, many people have concluded that public high schools are failing in their mission.
Headline from the March 21, 2005, Oregonian:

Inspector needed for foster care

Seems they, too, have problems with abusive foster/state care, as well as with overwhelmed social workers unable to recognize real child abuse.

Until Next Time...

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