Helping Children In Need Succeed
Let’s rewind for a moment and think back to our childhood. Let’s focus on our experiences from grade school. What comes to you mind first? I remember many things. I remember when I first discovered that the saying “girls have cuties” was a myth. I remember having to deal with the bullies in a productive manner. Maybe you remember the pictures on your locker or getting yelled at by your teacher for talking too much. These times can shape a child’s outlook for the rest of their life. Imagine if you did not have any books to read and no paper to write on? It would be very hard to learn how to read. How could you succeed in life when you never learn how to read or how to add whole numbers?
Please read the following poem.
The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play.
So we sat in the house all that cold, cold, wet day.
I sat there with Sally. We sat there, we two.
And I said, “How I wish we had something to do!”
-from The Cat in the Hatby Dr. Seuss –
38% of all fourth graders in the U.S can not read this simple poem. This is often the result of a poor education system. Despite being one of the wealthiest countries in the world, the education system in America is considered inefficient. Some areas such as Detroit, Michigan can’t even afford to buy books for their students. With no support, children grow up never getting the attention they deserve. We are setting up children for failure.
Parents to Blame for Kids?:
It would be easy to just point the blame on the parents. However, they were not given the opportunity to succeed either. There also have been many poor decisions made by many political leaders that have wasted resources. However, with a little support, people just like you and me can help them succeed by teaching some of the basic principles of life. Book donations, car donations and furniture donations are always appreciated to help fund education programs, however, sharing your knowledge is just as valuable.
Children in Need in the Future:
In the year 2010, many children still do not have a light to help them read at night and do not have the luxury to research the internet to learn. Imagine what would happen to children ten years from now as the education system relies on laptops to aid the education process. Many schools are implementing the use of computers to do research projects. This will make it even more important for children to understand how to use computers. If a child never has the opportunity to use a computer to write a essay they will be setup for failure as an adult. These are things that many of us take for granted. However, we cannot ignore the children of America. They will be the building block for generations to come.