Can someone tell me what has happened to public schools?
It seems to me that every year more and more kids are dropping out of them. More and more schools seem to be closing their doors. The unemployment lines are full of kids.
Whatever happened to education?
Somewhere along the way, kids have learned to stop going to school. Did parents stop making them go? Did parents forget that education was important?
Do parents remember the way children learn to succeed is through education? Do parents still care about their kids?
Actually, when I observe the way things are going, I worry about that a lot. I worry that too many kids are going to jail when they should be going to school. I worry that parents are forgetting to insist on their kids staying in school.
Just two short generations ago, parents knew how hard it was to get a good job without an education, so they were determined to keep pushing their kids to stay in school.
Then for a little while, the economy improved and jobs were easy to get. A few years later, along came the recession, jobs were tough to find, people were laid off, and things began to get rough. Before long, we were facing hard times again.
In the good times, it is easy to forget about those lessons we learned from grandmother and grandfather — lessons about the one-room schoolhouse where they sat and studied their books until they finished?
We learned about an aunt who had to leave town to study in college. The uncle who had to build fires for the stoves before he could go to work.
The aunt who sold mincemeat pies every weekend at the local restaurant and made oatmeal cookies for the men who worked at the ice plant. And the one who got out the little portable sewing machine so she could take in mending when she got laid off from work.
If there were 12 kids in a family, they all worked, and nobody went hungry. Some say those were the good old days. But people really weren’t any different. They were just too smart to forget.
In those days, you remembered. Not for yourself; you remembered for your family. You couldn't afford to forget.
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