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Head Start makes a difference

November 30, 2013

This week’s bouquets go to: From The Altrusa Club: “The Altrusa Club of Escanaba would like to thank the teachers and staff of the area Head Start classrooms for the wonderful work they are doing......

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baglady

Dec-01-13 7:26 PM

A nice tribute from the Altrusa club…

“the Altrusa club would like to thank the teachers and staff of the area Head Start classrooms for the wonderful work they are doing with the children of our community.

Their caring and compassion is making a difference in the lives of these children. The smiles are priceless.

Their dedicated teaching is creating the foundation and the confidence needed for academic success. “

It’s nice to write such words,

but these words ring with an empty hollow sound…

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baglady

Dec-01-13 7:25 PM

Would it not be preferable,

if the altrusa club could, instead, say,

“the altrusa club would like to thank the parents and family of the area homes for the wonderful work they are doing with THEIR children of our community.”

“The parents’ caring and compassion is making a difference in the lives of their children.

The smiles are priceless.

Their dedicated parenting is creating the foundation and the confidence for academic success”

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baglady

Dec-01-13 7:24 PM

But, as a society, as parents, as part of the idea of “family”, we are missing the boat.

For too many years now,

many of our parents, their parenting skills,

and our children have been on the short receiving end of

nurturing,

parenting,

‘family’ centered structure and

values.

At the end of the day,

the results are blunt, obvious,

but no one is willing to look closer, closely, at where the lack of familial structures really begin.

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baglady

Dec-01-13 7:19 PM

In many Scandinavian countries,

social baby-sitting programs as we have here,

euphemistically disguised as

“pre-school” to avoid the blunt truth that parents aren’t available for parenting,

are virtually unheard of, when in fact,

parent-child bonding, family bonding, is encouraged until the child reaches the age of seven years,

when formal school education programs begin.

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baglady

Dec-01-13 7:18 PM

People in Scandinavian countries put a price on family, parenting, nurturing and bonding.

It is an expensive price that they pay,

as they must forego job’s, money and life’s little extra pleasures,

at the expense of being at home, bonding, nurturing, parenting and raising their children in a familial atmosphere.

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baglady

Dec-01-13 7:17 PM

So, here in the U.S., we ship our children to pre-school

for “educational advancement”

and then legislator’s holler a few years later about

“no child left behind”

when those children fail to produce well on state tests?

Who or what, are legislators and parents looking at,

or, pointing the stick of blame towards,

when THEIR janie and johnny can’t

read, write, spell, or do ‘arithmetic’ beyond 3’s on the times tables,

and many appear in orange on the front page, a few years later…

Go Figure.

Look in the mirror.

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