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Nov. 10th, 2004 07:28 am (UTC)
These people must have easier pregnancies. My morning sickness was enough to make that an unattractive process. Also, where do these people come up w/ these schemes to work the system? We take anti money laundering classes every year for compliance reasons and I am always amazed at the complexity of some of these schemes. I can't see how it's worth it but if you don't get caught apparently it pays off.
I certainly don't agree w/ lifelong welfare and multi-generation welfare either.

In all things balance.
Just got to find the middle ground.
Nov. 10th, 2004 01:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Yuck!
I know! Yuck!

Speaking cynically...

Where do people learn it?

I'm starting to think that while some highschools are holding career planning days, others are hosting "how to work the system" days.

It's sad, it is wasting lives and talents.
Nov. 10th, 2004 06:09 pm (UTC)
Leave 'em smiling
At the school meetings tonight we were discussing Thanksgiving donations for 2 known families in trouble. One is living in a hotel, mom w/ cancer, lost everything in a fire last year, started to rebuild and has now been hit by a tornado. This family has it rough.

The other family at least has a roof overhead and could cook a dinner if it's provided (which I'm voting for).

The lady in charge of the PTA meeting said she wanted to cry the 1st time a 6th grader's parole officer came to the school and then was telling (no names) about one boy whose hobby was carjacking (caught pretty regularly, but still a minor so...) because it paid better than any hourly job he could get.

On the plus side - the school newspaper came out today and Kay has 2 articles and is the major editor (since it was her idea last year anyway). And at the 1st mtg tonight we found a space in the school for a parent resource library/center and will be raiding closets next meeting to outfit it and we're all getting various pamphlets, books and ideas to fill it in. It'll get parents out of the main office and give them a chance to explore options they may not know about (various food banks, clothing closets, utility help, parenting skills, 1st time homebuyer stuff, etc.). We were very well pleased with the progress we made tonight. I'd like to hook up with the Spanish teacher. Seems like she's got a good parentnetwork going, including books in Spanish book club(not sure if that's generally a community thing or not but that's the feeling I get).
Nov. 11th, 2004 05:31 am (UTC)
Re: Leave 'em smiling
"..one boy whose hobby was carjacking (caught pretty regularly, but still a minor so...) because it paid better than any hourly job he could get."

IMO, this kid stole because he felt entitled to do so, or didn't consider it wrong, or just thought it was fun. A sixth grader can't get a legal hourly wage job. You have to be 15 in DE to get a work permit, unless you work in a family business. I know many young folks who earn decent $$$ raking leaves, mowing lawns, shoveling snow, babysitting etc.

I know this won't go over well with some: it is more a matter of being taught strong moral values and personal responsibilty.
Nov. 11th, 2004 05:36 am (UTC)
Re: Leave 'em smiling
Keep up the good work! It sound like your school is working hard to create a supportive community. The kids wear uniforms, right? I think that is really good, particularly when many of the students come from families that are struggling financially.

I'd love to read some of K's articles, if you have a chance to scan something. She is an excellent writer!

Nov. 10th, 2004 01:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Parental notification
What do you think?
Nov. 10th, 2004 06:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Parental notification
When I was a teen I took care of my own issues unless they were brought to my parents' attention by other people.

I would like to be notified by my child. No parent likes to be informed of issues by outside sources but I would like to know what's going on. If my child takes care of his/her own issues and deals well with it then so be it.

Life teaches everyone some tough lessons. It would be nice to be informed so I can at least run damage control (once the anger tempered itself, ya know!).

I'm such a fence sitter on this kind of thing. I see both sides entirely too easily. Personal responsibility is where I finally end up here. If you're old enough to do it then you're old enough to deal with the consequences.


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