Blog Action Day 2008: Poverty
Well, bother. In making my blog rounds this morning, I noticed today is Blog Action Day. I had no idea.
This year’s theme is Poverty. Now, since I haven’t had any time to prepare a fabulous and thought-provoking post on this topic, I’m going to just wing it. Here goes:
I want to talk about poverty right here in the United States. In fact, I want to talk about children who have had no chance to make it, because they have been born into poverty.
Recent studies have proven that a few simple changes in the lives of 0- to 3-year-olds can provide significant differences to their ability to get and hold on to better jobs later in life. How simple? This simple: reading to infants; speaking directly to them; offering positive reinforcement of good behavior. That’s it. That’s really it. It’s a radical shift from the job training programs that most social programs focus on with our tax dollars. If you have about half an hour that you can spend near your computer (if you have a laptop, all the better: you can listen to this while preparing supper, knitting, or even cleaning up), then I highly recommend listening to Act One (“Harlem Renaissance”) of the following This American Life episode.
It’s worth it.