Today is El Día de los Niños, a day that originated in Latin America to celebrate children. Our nation has been celebrating this day for many years now and many libraries have taken the day to celebrate the importance of literacy for children.
While it is great to celebrate children, what we really need is to invest in them. Our children are our greatest gift. They are our future. They are the ones that will lead our nation and teach our next generation but every day we are failing whole segments of them.
That is a great question. I think many individuals will give different answers but I’ll give mine. I think we allow it to happen because it keeps the power structure intact for those who make decisions.
Take this research. No Rich Child Left Behind – NYTimes.com. It details the growing achievement gap between the richest children and children who are middle class and poor, why this is happening, and what can be done about it.
But guess what? We are not doing anything about it. The President has a plan but the likelihood of it making it past Congress is probably zero. As parents, we should be screaming from the rooftops of our homes about the need to invest in our children, but we are not. The airlines can get Congress to help them stop the pain of the sequester but we cannot get them to stop 70,000 kids from getting kicked off of Head Start.
What does that say about us? As long as it does not affect my child, it is ok? I’m sorry to inform you but this will affect your child because your child will become a future leader who will have to deal with the consequences of not properly educating all of our nation’s children.
I, for one, cannot let that happen. I will continue to advocate for all children because my daughter’s future is tied to the future of all of her peers. Are you in?