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
Received August 23, 2007 - Published August 26, 2007
About: "nurse, massage
therapist, holistic health researcher"
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