Population education is a recent innovation and, as such, is subject to various misinterpretations and misunderstandings. To many people, population education is family planning; to others, it is another name for sex education; still to many others, including teachers, it is synonymous with the teaching of demography and/or population studies. In economically depressed areas in an economically recessed economy and hiring preferences (thus discrimination for the unprefered) homelessness is an outcome of unemployment, not the cause. They don’t pay 5 to 10 cents a can for recycling, or that might help. 2 cents isn’t enough. Some people want you to work for free…not food, not shelter, not trade…but as a slave. Weird world. The solution is equity in hiring.
I don’t have kids, but I think this is a great idea and resource for parents who want to their children to surf the web safely. The internet is flooded with all sorts of information and a lot of filth, so it’s important to ensure that kids go to websites that are safe…well done!
Interesting Article – I would like to address the point of Homeless people with jobs. In the UK for example, priority is given to asylum seekers / refugees over the core British Citizens. So, people are forever pushed down on the waiting list. I addressed this in one of my articles on Hubpages. Homelessness – Government striking a lens deals with a serious and sensitive issue. Also, sometimes people are thrown on the street because their landlord wasn’t keeping up mortgage payments. Court gives eviction date, poor tenant gets it in the back and is thrown need to tread softly on this issue. Great read though.
Frankly, an undereducated person cannot teach me anything at all but I can teach them. Let us face facts, undereducated people are looked down upon in this postmodern society because higher education is a prerequisite to a middle class and/or better lifestyle. Those without such educations are being…….well, let me put it succinctly, left behind doing the jobs that no one else in their right thinking mind would want to do. Education is a good thing. It is too bad that you do not realize this….well, your loss, not mine!
The partial list which I posted of highly successful men who never completed college (and, in some cases, never completed high school) was only a tiny drop in the bucket of well-known figures in that category. There are thousands, and more likely millions, more who are successful and respected in their own fields, but who are not famous outside of their own fields or social circles. I have known some of them. I’m sorry that you have not. I believe your life would be much more fulfilling and joyful, if you did know and acknowledge some of them.
Thanks so much for your comment, Virginia. You’re right that immersion education isn’t an option for many families – whether it’s because there are no schools nearby, they’re too expensive, or admission is too competitive. Our family feels incredibly fortunate to have won a lottery slot in this particular school, which is located only one town away and is free (no tuition). I love hearing about your family’s commitment to the Mandarin language. How incredible that your oldest child spent a summer working at a Chinese orphanage… and that she’s now an international studies major with a focus on Chinese! And even though you say your other children aren’t as interested in pursuing Mandarin language studies, it’s fantastic that they’re interested in Chinese culture and travel. Every bit of exposure to cultures that are not their own helps prepare them to become citizens of our increasingly interconnected world.