From Ohg Rea Tone:
The downturn in the world economy has resulted in lost revenues for many government bodies – including drastic cuts to local education. Most school districts are forced to evaluate their processes, to cut waste, to redefine their mission – essentially reforming old methods of education. The most important asset of any local community or global country is their children. Teachers teach – but teachers also serve as front-line social workers. Teachers are often the first to witness the results of physical abuse of children.
Midterm elections are beginning to come alive. As we look at our candidates for the primary election we look back at past, current and future legislation our candidates have or will endorse or propose. Along with major media issues like Heath care, the Economy, and the War, we must also consider the usual difficult issues of modern culture: like abortion, education, firearms, employment, and family values.
From Cole James:
Let me be clear about my bias: As a conservative, I most generally vote Republican, but that title alone does not win me over. If Rush Limbaugh ran against Stephen Colbert, Colbert may get my vote. Not because I support many liberal issues, but because America does not need a person spouting random nonsense to the world. What we need is attention to detail.
Attention to detail seems to escape many lawmakers. Some say they are going to clean up education and preserve family values. I’m not talking about what politicians think are family values such as gay marriage; I’m talking about real family values such as how families function, and their behaviors. The issue of gay marriage has distracted us from the very real concern of dysfunctional families which result in physical violence to children. If legislators are so concerned about education and families, why are so many abused children falling through the cracks of social justice?
Abuse has many faces but the content here is focusing on its physical form. Too many times if a parent whacks their kid on the fanny in a grocery store, they are abusers and social services are at their door. However if a child goes to school and talks about being abused or shows signs of abuse, it gets a passive glance. What the heck is wrong with “the system”? We spend more time, money and advertising on animal cruelty than child welfare. We must prove proficient driving skills to get a driver’s license – and our car must past State mandated inspections – while raising a child requires nothing but the primal ability to have sex and produce a child.
Education reform is worthless unless it starts at home. The reality is that a majority of child abuse occurs in lower class communities. These kids get sent to school in raggedy britches and have not eaten a meal since lunch the previous day at school. And that friends that is a reality.
Commonsense is a thing of the past and so is the definition of child abuse. A child not eating regular meals and getting their head knocked into a door jamb is child abuse. We need to challenge this system and vote those out who do not get it. The next time a levy comes down for education in your town; don’t think of it as another tax – look into the deeper side of the proposed bill. Schools also need to educate children about what constitutes any kind of abuse, or at the very least identify and pay attention to potentially abused children.
Most abused children want so bad to talk but the reception is not there and they fear retaliation at home. Our teachers need to be educated in dealing with these children and there should even be a small curriculum or class for the kids. With computers in schools these days, a child could at least be able to go online to a kid friendly abuse hotline. It is much easier to tell your story to a monitor than a face.
So readers I am asking you two things, one, what can we do about this and two, question your State Representatives, Senators, and local school boards on where they stand on the issue and how they will help. Chances are if those you question and they have no immediate answer then it’s not on their agenda.
This is an issue very dear to my heart and includes all types of abuse, physical, mental and sexual to name a few. There are several agencies and hotlines available two of the big ones are http://www.childhelp.org/
From Ohg Rea Tone:
Cole and I each have experience with childhood abuse – some personally and some witnessed. We have been discussing this issue and felt compelled to write again on an important issue of social justice.
Teachers, Police, Doctors, Nurses, Ambulance Paramedics, and even Firemen are on the front lines of the great social battles in America. These professions are often the first to come in contact with abuse of all sorts. Because checking for abuse is not their primary responsibility each of these people must make on-the-spot judgments. With increased pressure because of declining revenues each of these professions is charged with doing more with less.
In the case of elementary school teachers the class sizes are growing at alarming rates. We believe most school districts in America have a disproportionate teacher to student ratio. There is less time for the teacher to identify abuse and when abuse is identified there are fewer resources available to help the child.
Cole and I are firm believers that no child should be left behind – and we do not mean this as a political slogan. No child should be left behind. Children are much easier to reform after abuse than are hardened adults in our prison systems. To leave a child to their own ingenuity is to foster an adult criminal. The value of that person may be lost forever – and all of us will ultimately suffer the consequences.