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Alaska Education Bill
By Carol Christoffel


August 26, 2007

Alaskan Native Education is being threatened according to Mr. Don Young. Bravo for telling it like it is! Already Alaskans struggle in small isolated communities, clearly lacking the "best" medical and educational materials. Down South, in highly urbanized communities, the kids have more toys, educational or not, than they know what to do with. They all think they are deprived if they don't have a personal laptop, which is becoming almost a required piece of equipment for High Schoolers. Most are techno mavens adept at using high tech cell phones with internet capabilities. There is a push to enroll your child early in the very best preschool where he or she will learn colors, numbers, alphabet etc at earlier and earlier ages. And don't forget all the net-works that form from the select pre-schools to the best college-prep middle schools and then onto the better colleges. Such individuals enter life already greatly advantaged and knowing all the "best" people whom they have met at the "best" schools.

It is little wonder that they do well. Alaskan children will have to compete with these people in business and industry. How will Alaskan children fare? The Federal government seems to see Alaska as one big plum of resources to be developed as quickly as possible with as little "investment" as possible in the people. Anyone who lives up here knows that Alaskans are not rolling in money and could sorely need extra medical and educational facilities. It is criminal that funds should be cut to Native Education. It is racist and suggests a willful destruction of people by withholding proper assistance. We are one big country. It is very distressing to see how inequitable we are becoming instead of working together. Keep fighting for the Education!

Good Luck!

Carol Christoffel
Grayslake, IL

Received August 23, 2007 - Published August 26, 2007

About: "nurse, massage therapist, holistic health researcher"


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