Marriage could lessen wealth gap
An analysis by Standard & Poor’s reports the economy is slowing because of a widening gap between the wealthy and everyone else. The analysis notes part of the problem is that educational achievement has stalled in recent decades. Why?
The vast majority of families headed by single mothers live in poverty, and single-parent families are now at about 40 percent or greater. Compared to two-parent families, their children are disadvantaged from the start, particularly with regard to education. Raising children to be well-educated citizens is a challenge even for traditional families, let alone those headed by a single parent, most often a teen mom.
The solution to this widening gap is to promote marriage to put this great country on a road back to traditional values founded on Judeo-Christian principles; to provide comprehensive sex education to children starting at the pre-pubescent stage; and to convince children that if they don’t want to live in poverty, they must either practice birth control or abstain from sex. Furthermore, children must be provided the means of birth control. Is there another way, or do we just accept the status quo?
DENNIS BALLOU, ATLANTA
Ga. should pull out of Common Core
Before I retired, I gave 36 years of my life to the education of other people’s children. Based on what I learned over those nearly four decades, Common Core is a colossal mistake, foisted on Georgia’s children in the name of “improving education.” If only our elected officials could set aside their egos, admit that Common Core will do — and is doing — incalculable harm to Georgia’s school children and withdraw from that Godzilla of a federal program.
Let’s not forget, or try to hide, the attendant costs imposed on taxpayers. Accountability Works, a Maryland-based advocacy group, estimates schools nationwide will need $6.86 billion for “technology,” $5.26 billion for “professional development,” $2.47 billion for “approved” textbooks and $1.24 billion for “assessment testing” over the first seven years Common Core is in effect.
GEORGE MITCHELL, BLAIRSVILLE