Essentially, it seems like you have a real inability for practicing empathy. Essentially, you are saying that because the parents of these children were irresponsible they don't deserve help to succeed (Am I wrong?).You say that 100 years does not compute and that you are not your great-great grandfather. These children are not necessarily their parents either and should they be held accountable for their parents mistake and should they suffer? Those kids didn't ask to be born into that situation; they just were and it sucks for them.
Sorry for late reply ... busy trying to recover for people who really were hurt by somebody.
Empathy? When was the last time you donated to somebody you felt deserved help? I donated thousands when I earned less than $25k/yr. I do not waste money - even on a TV, yep no TV and my car's worth less than $3k. I have donated many thousands of dollars to those with whom I feel empathy towards.
You ask if children should suffer for their parents mistakes, no, but they do and always will. You correctly point out that kids have no choice in birth location. Still, what about those in Sudan, N. Korea, or China...? Well the vast, vast, vast, majority of those children live far, far, far worse lives than any child in the USA. Those children deserve my empathy far more than anybody in the USA.
And last I checked, empathy is not something you force on another. AA and its ilk are forced on people. How dare anybody assert that we should have empathy and then force a policy or law on somebody else? No, those people could not care less about empathy.
And COME ON- In what way did you or your parents really suffer? Does helping other succeed really cause you to suffer soooo much. I don't suffer. In fact, I feel like I could sacrifice a lot more to help others.
Well then why don't you sacrifice more?
It's not like anybody force
s you to keep your money....
My parents realized that the public system provided a poor education in many ways. So guess what, they home schooled me. My mother basically sacrificed her social life and any hope of a career to teach us children for nearly 20 years. We shopped at 2nd-hand stores & Aldis. Meanwhile, they paid taxes to send other kids to public school. Public school officials harassed us to attend school. Even our neighbors harassed us because they understood that their school lost state money because we didn't attend....ya, it was quite clear that it cost the school less for us to attend that the state paid the school per student.
What I think should be done:
I believe all you can really do is take these disadvantaged kids out of those neighborhoods and completely remove the negative environment. That will never happen because it costs too much money and people generally don't give a damn about funding public education.
No, see my parents did that. It just takes two parents and a willingness to sacrifice for your children.
Back on the PTA meetings:
If those kids parents started going to PTA meetings, I highly doubt that their performance would drastically change. We can both agree that PTA meetings alone are not the answer. We could probably conduct a poll and those parents who attend PTA meetings have a higher household salary and more-than-likely a higher education level as well in the family. Who knows though right?
Agreed, PTA meeting attendance just shows a parents investment in their children. I guess I need not redact my statement.
AS far as rural employment compared to that of the ghetto, it's because no one lives there. You can't make blanket statements about all rural areas and tote it around like the saving answer. Rural unemployment is rising and highest in the south. I will grant that employment is rising someplace due to an increase of old folks homes and vacation places. I want to know where you are getting these statistics by the way? I looked for them and couldn't find them. I also thought education level was lowest in rural areas with most citizens only having high school educations. Did you even look at that link I sent you? It's based upon census data and is used by many states legislators to write education-based grants and bills.
I know rural areas vary, but I just used the US Census website - great site. High school graduation, at least, is higher in rural areas.