Refocusing energy on pressing issuesPublished 5:15pm Saturday, December 8, 2012
A cat licking herself solves most of the problems of infection: We wash too much and finally it kills us. WCW
I’m not sure who WCW is but I think whoever it is perhaps it is noteworthy.
Mello and Fred are resting on the couch. Fred saddles himself on the top of the couch and for the time being Mello is napping on the couch.
Last Sunday Jeanne and I drove over to Houston to see her mother and Rocky who was visiting from California. Later we ate lunch at a bar restaurant and watched half of the Viking game that I believe failed in the end.
Of more interest to me was a column in Tuesday’s Star Tribune, titled “Kids’ welfare is key for our economy” followed by: “We can’t have a prosperous future without investing in children,” written by Arthur Rolnick and Risa Lavizzo-Mourey.
They tell us with the elections behind us, we can now refocus on two America’s most pressing challenges: restoring our economy and improving the health and wellbeing of our children. They tell us that among 34 major countries, the United States ranks 14th on literacy and 25th on mathematics. For the first time, we are raising a generation of children who may live shorter, sicker and less productive lives than their parents.
In Carver Country, approximately 6 percent of children live in poverty and 80 percent graduate from high school. But just and hour away, in Ramsey County, 25 percent of children live in poverty and just 67 percent graduate from high school.
Research shows that people with higher levels of education live longer and healthier lives than those with less education.
Meanwhile, imagine what it would mean to our economy —and to the health of our nation — if all our children graduated from high school.
I’m curious to know the results of the students that attend our schools.