Children need security, safety and encouragement

Published: Sunday, February 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 31, 2004 at 9:49 p.m.

Children need security, safety and encouragement in order to learn effectively. Poverty, violence, poor health care and overwhelmed parents make it difficult for children to achieve.

However, according to President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act, schools will be accountable for 100 percent of its students reading on grade level by the year 2012. A school that fails to attain this goal will suffer severe consequences that include a shut down of the educational system as we know it.

Meanwhile, according to the 2002 United States Census Bureau, there are over 8 million people unemployed, 34 million people live below the poverty level, and 15 percent of the U.S. population have no health insurance. In addition, the Census Bureau shows that there are over 500 violent crimes per every 100,000 people and that 28 percent of the families in the United States have only one parent.

These problems need to be solved before every child could be expected to read. Why is it that only schools are held accountable?

Barbara Ferris,


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