@Roland, you must understand the difference between "standard," "one size fits all" education and teaching at a person's level of understanding. There are some things that come easily to some while others struggle to understand them even though it is presented the same way to all. Many of the things I've learned applicable to life were not learned in a classroom, but on a more personable level. I'm not knocking the basics of education, but there are so many life lessons that are not and cannot be addressed in a school room. Also, learning is one thing and but teaching me how to apply what was learned is a separate thing. Certain information may be innate to some people, but I'm sure you know our educational system has several gaps in it. It was only this year that I read they are including finances in general education. Understanding the dynamics of finances helps on so many levels and we are just now introducing it to our children. When I allude to it not being done, it's because it wasn't done for me and mine.
Beezybooboo, I am an exception only because people invested their time, talents and resource in me. You may find it hard to believe, but when I wasn't doing so well, it wasn't because I didn't want to do well. It was because I didn't know how to do well. Education really is power. You say an excuse, I say show them how it's done. Assuming they are lazy is too easy because it takes the partnership between you and them away and places it all on them. We are in this world together. Each one teach one. We assume if you are a certain age, you should have a certain level of knowledge and skill sets, but what if no one ever taught you? How are you supposed to know or possess something that's totally foreign to you? What if your parents were not taught and so they could not teach you? I can honestly tell you, I've been in a lot of bad situations not because I was lazy, but because I just didn't know the expectation. Yes, there are some who may want to lie around and get the free ride, but I'm a Y thinker. I believe if you made the effort to teach them, only then can you make the assumption they are lazy.
It is comical to read some of these posts from people who have no idea about the circumstances of the people who find that they must live in public housing. I lived in Harriet Tubman in the early 80s for one year, due to my financial situation and was a single parent at that time. In 1985, I bought my first house with my husband. In 2008, I built my dream home, alone. It doesn't matter where you start, it's about how you finish. I've had a job, though many did not pay much, since I was 14. Oh, and I also was a teen mom. Having people who care for you, who are not judging you, and who show love to you even though they don't fully understand your circumstance means a lot. I am the "proverbial toad standing on top of the post." I know I didn't get here by myself. I was motherless at 9 due to my mom passing no Christmas Day, but having people of all races see what I could be helped me to move along. Can anything good come out of Harriet Tubman...I did! Don't judge what you will never understand. By the way, that child I had as a teen now has a very good job in administration and so do I. I've worked at my job for 25 years and he's been on his for 14. I'm just saying!
Kudos, Brainerd Baptist! You did a wonderful thing! I love it when the Church gives to the community. Merry Christmas to you all!
I am praying for the victim and his family. I was paralyzed by the news that anyone would do this to another human being. Good for the family for putting a stop to this horrible abuse of another person.
It is so good to see that there are people in this world who still care for each other, especially the elderly. Good job, Mr. Hicks!
I think it is a wonderful thing when we take time out to recognize those who may not be in the limelight now, but they trenched out the path for so many others. Congratulations, Mr. Franklin!
Continue to take each day as an opportunity to do your best. You are an inspiration to me and more people than you will ever meet in your lifetime. May God continue to strenghten you and your children. Step by step, moment by moment, you stay strong, your life's real story just began!