#474 – Dick Bernard: American Education Week

This week is the annual observance of American Education Week (AEW), and today is Parents Day.
Lots of information about this week dedicated to the approximately one of six Americans who either attend or work in schools can be found here. Note links, including a history of the week, under American Education Week on the left hand side of the page.
Make no mistake: children are our future.
As I once heard Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith state so powerfully, young people in one or another way say “you can pay now, or you will pay later”. She was talking, then, about short-changing kids in a summer jobs program in a major midwest city – they said they couldn’t afford the program – and the major consequences for many kids with nothing to do, including the high costs of prison – the end of the road for those left without opportunity.