New hires are widely heralded in the mainstream media and this week the hiring of 6000 by a dollar store chains was the primo subject financial pages desperate to find signs of a recovery.
The new job.
Yes a preparation for economic collapse is in place and has been for decades. One can easily argue that it has become more frantic recently or maybe the chickens are just getting closer to home and the roosting is at hand. It has to do with misplaced priorities and mistaken ideas of what benefits the community compared to what benefits business. I am not anti-business, but all things in their place. The profits of major corporations and the rise in the market are seen as indications of recovery, but there is a huge difference between what is good for American companies and what is good for the American economy. “What’s changed is that companies today are getting top talent in emerging economies, and the U.S. has to really watch out,” says Columbia University’s Jeffery Sachs. “We are not fulfilling the educational needs of our young people. In a globalized world, there are serious consequences to that.” Some comments on the net articles outlining our position and current disadvantages bring out the old “love it or leave it” Ra-Ra mantra that’s not going to cut the mustard, to put it in terms familiar to the “love it or leave it” crowd. We must do what we have historically failed to do, that is to invest in our schools; even if they aren’t in wealthy districts. We need the possibilities that are inherent in all out population. We can no longer afford, in the financial sense and never could afford in human terms, throw away populations. To compensate for today’s social realities class size must be reduced to 12 in K-6. Painful as this is to our Rambo types we may have to give up a few of our wars to finance our schools, for schools read future. There is an alternative, we can fail to adapt and to find out more about that alternative you can just ask the next dinosaur you meet.
It all begin in the schools that were designed for and worked well for the middle class and above, but in a different era. It was an era where there was a middle class.
Teaching conformity and jumping jacks didn’t seem to cut the mustard and now we might think about nurturing the individuals, however unorderlythat may appear to the obsessive cumpulsives who prowl the school corridors looking for signs of individuality that so threaten them.