The uncomfortable truth is that progressives in america cannot afford not to be activists. We no longer have the option of hoping that someone else will step to the plate. They won’t. It is up to us. If we lose this country to the right Wing Fascists, it won’t be because there are more of them than us. It will be because they are more active, more dedicated, and more financially supportive of their party than we are of ours. They have been the squeaky wheel for thirty years, and in that time, we have somehow failed to recognize the basic fact of politics: The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

Meanwhile, students in countries around the globe are being trained and educated to understand that success in the future will be based on who has the best skills. Why are we not teaching our children to prepare for global competition?

Start early and make it a habit before you introduce TV and video games. Limit screen-time, including TV, video games, and computer. Trade some of their structured activities for free time. Appeal to kids’ natural interests (e.g. sports: try hiking or canoeing, science: try gardening or rock collecting). Model outdoor time behavior yourself and focus on fun!

A. Give writing tests, interviews, and background checks. Admission to the college of education should be tougher than any department, after all teachers are going to be dealing with CHILDREN – THE FUTURE – OUR FUTURE.

QueenVictoria(1819 – 1901) was queen ofUnited KingdomandIrelandfrom 1837 until her death. In 1840 she married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg andGotha(1819 – 1861).Prince Albertwas QueenVictoria’s first cousin. They had 9 children and 42 grandchildren.Prince Albertadvocated education reform the abolition of slavery.Prince Albertdied at age 42. QueenVictoriaandPrince Alberthad a beautiful relationship and long term love affair. QueenVictoriamourned the death of her dearPrince Albertfor the rest of her life.

Many of the students who do graduate don’t have adequate reading, math or daily living skills to be successful. What then, can we expect of students who leave BEFORE graduation, for whatever reason? And it’s not just big cities with notorious crime rates and a large pool of underprivileged children who are at risk. No, the problem is so widespread that no area is immune to these decling standards and graduation rates.

It is an old argument to suggest that poorly performing schools or ineffective teachers are the result of having to deal with children living in poverty.

J.C.:The best part is forecasting where I grew up and being in an environment where the weather is always changing. New Englanders LOVE talking about the weather, good or bad. The most difficult part is forecasting in an environment where the weather is always changing! We have marine and mountain influences that can make forecasting quite a challenge.