Wednesday, October 22, 2008

One more day

of conferences. I have a good bunch of students. Tough, but good. I have been pushing personal responsibility. My belief is that a parent should be able to help at this stage. My understanding is that most of my students are on their own. They have to get up in the morning, get breakfast, get on the bus, take the bus home, do homework, make dinner and put themselves to bed---while their parents work.
How can this be considered a compassionate world where children have to grow up because their parents cannot put food on the table with only two paychecks?

7 comments:

ancient one said...

Can't or Don't?

Sorry, but I know a lot of people who try to live beyond their means.

It's also true, that some are barely making it.

I know too many children who had to grow up because the parents didn't. (drugs take the money)

Life is hard. We should help when we know of a particular need. Your post makes me sad, that children have to live this way.

Janette said...

In my case- I have seen the houses and cars- the word is can't. Yes, there are truly poor people in this country and I live with some of them.
I don't see lots of drug use (but hear from some of my kids that it exists). I hear more about single parents (for one reason or another) who work at the hardware/grogery/Walmart and waitress at night.

Elena said...

You know, it doesn't hurt kids to be able to do those things. A century ago these kids would be doing the work of adults anyway in a farm setting.

My sister who works in the human relations department of a moderately large business can tell the difference between applicants who have pretty much been spoon fed through life, and the kids who have had to struggle to get it done. Those are the people who make better employees.

Elena said...

And BTW, your candidate's solution to poor children is that their parents shouldn't be "punished" with a baby. I never quite figured out why the NEA was pro-abortion - aborting future students didn't seem to be a very wise thing as far as job security.

Janette said...

lOL_ I think it is funny El that you asked me to leave your blog until elections and you come to mine! LOL
Your sister has an interesting way of hiring people. Do you think she would set up shop in my high school? I am sure that many of my students would be in line for he services---and that would make your children....at the back of the line since they are homeschooled?
Somehow I don't think so.
There is a difference between farm life and city poor- I live between the two here.The farm kids do work dawn till dusk- along WITH their parents. The city poor work dawn till dusk without their parents. Good try though

Elena said...

Well I've actually done both. I grew up on a farm in Michigan and now I live with/in the inner city poor.

Once my grandpa and uncle showed us what to do we were on our own to do it. They didn't hover. We got the cows in and milked them. My uncle was on the other side of the barn doing other chores. Sure you work together sometimes, like haying, but a lot of the work is solitary. It didn't hurt my sister or me to do it.

There are inner city kids here who, as you say, are raising themselves, but the ones I know are turning out to be independent and interesting young men and women.

I might add there are plenty of kids from poor backgrounds who grew up to be successful.

Janette said...

My farm kids are very independent. No problem. Most of my inner city kids have a long history of prison in their families. The conferences are interesting- talking about their hopes and dreams of the future- of course affimative action has something to do with those dreams...
Then again- I am still wondering why you are so pleased with how your neighbors turn out- yet you homeschool....
Can't preach both sides- IMHO. If you believe that your kids will turn out fine in the local public schools with the interesting young men and women that grow out of them in the poverty of inner city- then throw your kids into the mix....I did.
Do I think that you have the right to homeschool- yup.
Do I think you know ANYTHING about the current state of public schools- nope.