SUNDAY THOUGHT

April 30, 2017 at 4:25 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Productive love always implies a syndrome of attitudes; that of care, responsibility, respect and knowledge. If I love, I care — that is, I am actively concerned with the other person’s growth and happiness; I am not a spectator. I am responsible, that is, I respond to his needs, to those he can express and more so to those he cannot or does not express. I respect him, that is I look at him as he is, objectively and not distorted by my wishes and fears. I know him, I have penetrated through his surface to the core of his being and related myself to him from my core, from the center, as against the periphery, of my being. Erich Fromm

 

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April 28, 2017 at 4:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

How so we ever hope to level the playing field and move our culture forward when children of poverty and of challenging circumstance have such a debilitating gap in language exposure? Did No Child Left Behind seriously expect that high achievers and advantaged youth would stop progressing to allow the less fortunate to catch up? Does our culture create open doors to the ‘good old boy’ network to welcome and embrace children rising out of difficult circumstance into the club? The creativity and opportunity that is being cast aside is frustrating and maddening.

 

 

Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experiences of Young American Children

April 28, 2017 at 12:43 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The nearly uniform advantages received by the children of the college-educated professionals suggest the evolution of an increasingly distinct subculture in American society, one in which adults routinely transmit to their offspring the symbolic thinking and confident problem solving that mark the adults’ economic activities and that are so difficult for outsiders to acquire in mid-life.  A trend toward separation into subcultures jeopardizes the upward mobility that has given this nation greatness and presages the tragedy of downward mobility that produces increasing numbers of working poor.  If this trend is to be reversed, a beginning must be made now.  The issue is no longer one of eradicating poverty or putting welfare recipients to work but of reversing a trend, the downward drift of the working class.

Betty Hart and Todd R. Risley [1995] Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experiences of Young American Children, [p 204].  Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes

April 27, 2017 at 11:11 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.” Mahatma Gandhi

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