Dialogue between Mary Elizabeth on the “Get Schooled” blog of the AJC on December 21, 2016: (Link: http://getschooled.blog.myajc.com/2016/12/21/study-disadvantages-children-face-at-age-3-can-foretell-adult-problems/ )
First poster’s comment:
“These children’s problems start LONG BEFORE they are born!”
Mary Elizabeth’s response:
“That could, also, be said of most of their parents’ lives. (Just trying to encourage seeing with a sense of history.)”
Second poster’s comment:
“And their grandparents as well.”
First poster’s response:
“Absolutely. It is a multigenerational thing. We cannot go back 100 years and change anything, but for these children NOW we need to tackle the problems of their parents. And there are many who are unwilling to devote themselves to doing so, in person or in other ways. So many have no idea what truly helping would entail–how deep the parents’ difficulties lie.
I see some on here who have written, “Just read to your child! You can use the library for free!” However, if you don’t read yourself, if you don’t have transportation to the library, if you don’t have extra gas for your car, or the time to go when it is open, THEN what? And there ARE people for whom each one or all of these do apply!
I had never met an adult who could not read till I moved to the north Georgia mountains. I am sure, back in Alabama and Florida where I was raised there were many who could not, but was a child and did not know them personally. But when I was told by the parent of an upcoming student that she would need help to fill out the form for registration, I was perplexed. (I was also perplexed when she said she did not know her child’s daddy, but that is another story.)”
Mary Elizabeth’s response:
“Btw, slaves were not allowed to marry in some states and the raped female slaves may not have known who their child’s daddy was, either, nor were slaves allowed to learn to read because literary would give them knowledge and knowledge is power. (We, America’s society, are reaping what we have first sown through Karma.)
And we, as a nation, will continue with this spiritual void under Donald Trump’s tenure as president, with his values on wealth and power for the financially elite to rule over the lives of others – black, white, and all others who are poor and middle class.
Watch, now, as Donald Trump starts to privatize most government departments and programs (such as Social Security and Medicare) and makes money by moving markets through his governmental voice as president. Public schools will take another hit and the people who will suffer most will be the teachers and the students of the “governmental” public schools (and their parents) because traditional public schools have never been fundamentally based on profit for individuals in the private sector but upon love and care for others by public “governmental” servants who put other people first, above wealth and power for themselves, in their value systems.”
Mary Elizabeth’s further response:
“Speaking of seeking the spirit, not the world:
A third poster’s remarks:
“Yes, but it’s time for the descendants of the slaves to step up and fix their problems.”
Mary Elizabeth’s response to the third poster:
“It is time for the descendants of those who created that kind of dysfunctional society, which was hierarchical in nature, to have a spiritual transformation and “step up” to helping those who have been stomped on – physically and emotionally – by the greed and selfishness of others in power. It is time for all Americans to be true to their egalitarian creed.
Stop judging and start helping!”
The third poster responds to Mary Elizabeth’s post, above:
“Excusing isn’t helping. Behavior has to change.”
Mary Elizabeth responds to the third poster’s remarks, above:
“I said nothing about excusing. I wrote from a standpoint of deepened awareness and understanding which too few have, imo. That is the behavior that needs to change, primarily, as I see the world.”