Now that my attention is back to improving the world at large, let’s recap what’s in need of improvement. Well, for starters let’s address the over 30% of the children in a poverty strickened area of Arkansas not even enrolled in the public school system. Yes, that’s nearly 1/3 of a population of children not attending school, oh and it’s free, and comes with a couple of meals to boot. My friend in the juvenile justice system brought this horrific statistic to light for me. These children aren’t truant, or expelled for some reason, they simply aren’t in the system to be recognized. How in the fuck can this happen in 2018 when the political machine in charge is boasting of how great things are? Obviously, it hasn’t slipped into this messed up status in just a couple of years, so both sides of the machine are to blame. Now that we’ve eliminated ideological preferences from the issue, now let’s turn to those projecting the news to the masses. How many reports are there on this topic over the past decade? I’m only able to find a small number of articles that are all very specific to a state of school district, and their references are to declining enrollment, not undocumented children within a school district. Add this terrible statistic to the underfunded state and local pension plans around the nation, and there is a crisis of sorts looming. The worlds leader in so many aspects of humanity, technology, medicine, and opportunity is slowly slumping into everything the politicians of the present are promising to prevent.
“What can be done to change this narrative...?”
First and foremost, we have to identify the issues at hand. The public education system isn’t delivering the outcomes claimed by its administrators. This isn’t distorted by one political party anymore so than the other, it’s simply being ignored by both. We are not paying attention as a society to the critical measures of success, because it reflects back upon the parents across multiple generations. The choice was made when I was in school back in the 70’s to give the individual schools and districts accreditation based upon a flawed formula. These same measures remain in place today, yet demographics play a larger role in the resources supporting individual districts. Tax dollars are the life blood for all public education, and thus tie the education system explicably to the government. This funding structure is layered all the way from the local level all the way up to the federal level.
This identifies the inequities of the quality for supporting education across the country. Given the structure of the revenue sources funding our educational system, why doesn’t the federal participation allow for some measure of equalizing the differences at the state and local level? I’ve yet to identify a single campaign on the Congressional or Executive level, where education funding inequality was mentioned. K - 12 citizens can’t vote, and their parents don’t bother to involve themselves. Take a look at the voter turnout numbers in your area to identify the actual numbers involved in school board decisions, or funding requests. In my town, we have over 50,000 residents, and typically get around 2,000 votes total involving local school and municipal issues. We approved a $100,000,000.00 bond issue for a variety of stated municipal needs on less than 2,000 votes. This lack of involvement translates to total lack of accountability for tax payers efforts. We simply pour money into a system without measuring or monitoring its purpose relative to its results. If you were personally responsible for the proper allocation of $50,000.00 of someone else’s money, and had to report back to its source for what benefits were actually delivered by that money, would you act as though it didn’t matter? That’s public education in a nutshell. Now, for all of the foreigners reading this, the rhetoric of “Make America Great Again” is the biggest line of shit ever contrived. The opportunity within this system is arguably equally achievable as winning the lottery. Poor uneducated households offer little to no hope of attaining much more than the entitlement handouts that fall from the great wealth as crumbs to disenfranchised. I can write and talk about this until the cows come home (and I will continue to) but, until this problem gains enough attention by enough individuals the problem continues to expand. This dynamic is the sole supporting mechanism for the ultimate issue of humanity creating its own extinction. No generation wants to admit that their offspring will be the last generation. That will never change unless we alter the outcome for an entire generation. Humanity is so preoccupied with the feelings of the present to ever adequately contemplate the real future ahead.
How will we survive when the population hits 10 billion? https://www.ted.com/talks/charles_c_mann_how_will_we_survive_when_the_population_hits_10_billion
A child born today will be 32 when this future prediction arrives. Exactly how many of the parents for the roughly 200,000 new humans born today even considered these facts before conceiving that child? How many of those 10,000 migrants walking to the United States from the terrible conditions of their homelands considered what their lives would be like prior to the sexual encounter supporting their existence. Why are birth rates 10 times the global average for people living south of the equator, and why is Japan’s population shrinking from its post WWII massive expansion. The only supporting argument for why humanity exists within the dilemma of today is the lack of awareness to the issues at hand by enough people. This is a direct byproduct to education, and also the only solution to altering the future trajectory for the entire species. We have to create a standard of care that elevates more children to a higher level of adult capacity plain and simple. If you feel dumbfounded by this revelation, you’re in the majority. If you’re concerned about it’s effects on your children, you’re in the very small minority. If you’re compelled to do something about it, let’s start by changing the awareness to at least even on both sides, but ultimately to a majority caring enough to get off their ass and demanding change through accountability of results for the resources allocated to the molding of today’s generation through education. 30% not even enrolled in the school system of any population in one of the most developed societies on the entire planet is absolutely failure by any standard.