essay on today's children tomorrow's citizens
Children are the unifying focus of each community and often the unifying focus (80% agreements) could be positioned more positively. We could better serve children and ourselves the growth and prosperity desired if we accelerate investing in our age 3-6 most disadvantaged children. This giving is sure to blossom into the future in ways that now can be predicted.
As an example, The Minneapolis Star Tribune ran an article about Archbishop Harry Flynn openly advocating higher taxes for a more effective attack on poverty and what ails communities. He was assailed for not advocating individual giving to cure the ailments. Those who advocate individual giving constantly run into the theme of I am already taxed. Yet everyone knows it will take both the government and more private sector giving in partnership to really squeeze the problems into a solution. As a pinpoint to the issue, if the leadership focused on getting it right for age 3-6 children there would be the 80% agreements needed to leave the fringe behind -- The age 3-6 child target is the one place in our society where agreement at an 80% level can be reached.
If we are going to surround the problems and squeeze them into a solution then it a no-brainer that the government and school efforts are going to have to meet the private efforts at the pinpoint to touch each and every child (100% coverage) so the only real question left is what sector is better suited to the pinpointed one-size-fits-one effort required to address the poorest of the poor, the bottom of the bottom half. Count on even this answer being different community by community. But 80% of the effective citizen base will want the answer, and will want to put forth positive effort as soon as they understand the whole of society will blossom with new opportunities in 10-15 short years with the focus by 80% of the population on age 3-6 children.
Look to the following Blogspot http://ulticharnetwork.blogspot.com for a more complete presentation of what it will take to move society to the next level; by just doing right the first time; that which is not even controversial. You read that right! Over 80% of the citizens in the USA would agree that we could send better messages to serve our future. When the messages are kept simple enough for children, an overwhelming positive agreement regarding growth and prosperity will result. Those assets, attributes and messages are posted on this site for your review and comment. They are dated 1-5-05. This approach to messaging has been successfully used by public school teachers in classrooms.
Check out (on the same blog) the Give-it-Forward® program for public elementary schools, posted 5-23-05, revealing 3 levels of effort to change communities forever! Using resources (paid, and to be paid) already in place.
Check out (on the same blog) the Free business plan of sorts", posted 1-5-05, for effective citizens who want to work a new 100 word set of truths. (sample of 100 words follows)
The Truth -- Without the gift of Early Reading Skills all children are behind before they even start kindergarten.
The Gift -- Only an individual gift delivers early reading skills at age 3, 4 and 5. This gift is the key to opportunity. It is societys best (effective and lowest cost) approach to preparing the bottom half of the bottom half (poorest of the poor) to want the opportunities, choices and engagement.
The Focus -- When 100% of the children start kindergarten ready to read English the urban school has the resources to meet the Adequate Yearly Progress Requirement of No Child Left Behind.