There is a call we must answer. It is a unified call coming from schools, businesses, colleges, parents and students themselves to equip young people in our country with the essential, work-life readiness skills they need to succeed as learners throughout life and as contributors to their communities.
The dirty little secret about family courts — where kids and parents who’ve entered the child welfare system end up — is that they often make things worse, especially for the youngest children — from newborns to 5-year-olds.
It’s not intentional — child welfare systems and family courts were set up to help children and their families. But traditional family courts can further traumatize kids already suffering from adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) by moving them from one foster care home to another, by rarely letting them see their parents (if parents are willing and able) or by leaving them to languish in foster care limbo for years before finding them a permanent home. All this contributes to these children developing chronic diseases when they’re adults, as well as mental illness, violence and being a victim of violence.
Fear that after-school funding will die ebbed a bit as the U.S. Senate education committee affirmed its support for a major federal grant program.
One of the characteristics of under-resourced neighborhoods around the world is the lack of work or intermittent work for males. A brilliant sociologist from Harvard, William Julius Wilson (“When Work Disappears”), states, “If you want to break a culture, all you have to do is take work away from men because it changes identity.”