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True Professional vs. Self Proclaimed Professional (III)

Modest social and economic reforms, well within our political reach, could have a palpable effect on student achievement.  For example, we could:

  • Ensure good pediatric and dental care for all students, in school-based clinics
  • Expand existing low-income housing subsidy programs to reduce families’ involuntary mobility
  • Provide higher-quality early childhood care so that low-income children are not parked before TV while parents work
  • Increase the earned income tax credit, the minimum wage, and collective bargaining rights so that families of low-wage workers are less stressed.
  • Promote mixed-income housing development in suburbs and in gentrifying cities to give more low-income students the benefits of integrated educations in neighborhood school.
  • Find after-school programs so that inner-city children spend fewer nonschool hours in dangerous environments and instead, develop their cultural, artistic, organizational, and athletic potential.

Poverty is not just the problem of the poor.  Poverty is everyone’s problem.

Poverty robs individuals of self-respect and often leads them to lives of desperation, lives of welfare, and lives of crime.  Poverty also affects those on the outside.  The middle and upper class pay for their indifference with their hard-earned tax dollars — subsidizing public assistance programs and housing jail inmates.

Mr. Gillmor, you’re so right on, “My readers know more than I do.”

Humility, collaboration, and life-long learning are the marks of true professional. You are a leader, a true professional.

It’s high time we put the discussion of journalists vs. citizen journalists aside and unite — capitalize on individuals’ experiences and expertise — to create a safer, humane, and prosperous society for all.


December 18, 2008 - Posted by | Attitude, Change, Journalism, Mind, Spirit | , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Hi. I read a few of your other posts and wanted to know if you would be interested in exchanging blogroll links?

    Comment by Mike Harmon | December 18, 2008 | Reply

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