In fact, the evidence suggests that welfare-state programs enhance social mobility, thanks to little things like children of the poor having adequate nutrition and medical care. And conversely,of course, when such programs are absent or inadequate, the poor find themselves in a trap they often can’t escape, not because they lack the incentive, but because they lack the resources.
The thing with this is, Paul Ryan and those like him are not interested in helping people living in poverty. I am not willing to say that Ryan thinks poverty is awesome, but I do think Ryan thinks people living in poverty deserve what they get; including children.
Coming forward saying that a student whose last meal is Friday’s lunch and whose next meal is Monday’s breakfast, claims that they would rather not eat at all - is how they justify not helping alleviate the suffering of children.
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I’ve seen this pic shared a few times today, originally from someone named Susan Messina on Facebook. Susan and family clearly had a bad experience with the science fair and made a little joke out of it, but it got me thinking: Is it really that bad these days?
I know classroom schedules are more crowded than ever before, with less space for the free work and experiment time that it takes to really do a science fair project well, and most importantly, to enjoy it.
The experience of doing a science fair project can be an amazing early scientific experience, but it’s been a long time since I’ve been science-fair-aged, and I want to know:
Does your school or district still have a science fair? Is it required? Is it competition-focused? Is classroom time set aside to work on projects? Is it valuable? Is it fun? Should it be improved? How?
My daughter turned in her science project last Friday. And I would like to say that this picture/post 100% accurately describes our project. I say “our” because I was as invested as she was and on the eve if turning it in, I had my own work to do, an article to write, and we, by no means, waited until the last minute. But nonetheless, I stayed up to help her get the project done and at the end of the night, or shall I say morning, I think we both bordered on denouncing and disowning one another. As for my article it was hastily completed minutes before it was due. I’m sure the project has its value, but honestly the stress was just too great.
My daughter is very smart, her teachers tell me she excels at nearly everything, that she exhibits great leadership skills. She gets excellent grades and has performed at the top levels on standardized testing. I am a proud mother and the credit for her brilliance can hardly go to me. But the science fair and science projects are just a beast that I’m not sure the children (or me as a parent) are truly prepared to take on. If any child has the aptitude to be an actual scientist, by God, it most definitely is my daughter. But the science fair has become just another notch to add to the academic belt and less of an experiment that can be an introduction to the awe and wonder of science.
So many couples I’ve treated have the same story. No one says anything and then it’s too late. People drift. Feelings change. Anger builds. Trust, the foundation that holds everything together collapses. Rebuilding this trust, which includes forgiving and looking at someone with fresh eyes takes a whole lot of work. Many don’t feel it’s worth it or think it’s possible and the relationship expires.
If you’re in a relationship where you feel unhappy, angry, frustrated and you don’t trust the person anymore, the first thing you have to do is speak up. If you don’t say anything, you’ve checked out. You may be doing a lot of work on you but you’re not much for the relationship. They say if you’re not growing together, you’re growing apart. It’s very true. There’s you, your partner, and then there’s the relationship. Three pistons that all need to be pumping to start building trust again. Each person is responsible for their own piece but they have to invest in the relationship as well. This means staying connected.
If you can’t or don’t know how, that’s what you need to work on. And not just for this relationship but for yourself. Because most likely, it’s been a pattern in your life. And it bleeds into all areas of your life, with family, friends, work. It’s what’s causing you to be unhappy. Whenever we don’t give ourselves a voice, we feel powerless and invisible. That’s when we start to numb ourselves. It’s time to stop muting yourself. The only thing it will cause is pain and suffering.