For millions of young people across the country, it is that time again. The carefree days of summer have faded, replaced with the sun going down earlier and a return to structure, lesson plans and forward thinking. The reality that playtime is over has hit households and communities like a bolt of lightning. Are we prepared and ready for a new fall and winter season? Pencils and Paper? – Check. School Uniforms and New Shoes/Sneakers? – Check. A mental attitude that is determined to learn and compete in a global marketplace? – Too early to tell. Why? There is some significant ground to be made up, especially in cities like Detroit, Michigan. With a significantly reduced population from just 3 years ago, coupled with school closings, senseless crimes and unemployment hovering at around 16%, students, teachers and administrators will have to remain extremely focused on keeping these societal distractions at bay.
At the same time, how do unemployed, underemployed, skilled and unskilled, adults and new college graduates who depend on State Aid, maintain a quality of life? Are they the next wave of people to fill up local Homeless Shelters? Is it time to relocate to another State? We certainly don’t want them resorting to Stealing, Carjacking or Embezzling. Do they move into their parent’s basement, at the age of 40 with two kids, like Ericka Page, a talented Market Researcher, who was laid off and hasn’t found work in years?
A suggestion might be, that as local, state and federally elected officials return from their summer recess across the nation, a real ‘Jobs’ plan, a meaningful and less abrasive ‘Health and Human Services’ system along with increased support for Educational Districts that are in trouble, particularly in urban centers, become more of a priority. An effective lesson plan on rebuilding this country’s social infrastructure is sure to stave off out-of-control crime, growing dropout rates, anticipated increases in homelessness due in part to ongoing foreclosures and another generation of illiteracy. In the coming weeks, American citizens will once again, register to vote, to elect policy makers who will be saddled with doing better for our nation, then the previous people who held office. A lingering lesson to be learned is realizing that an educated society is our greatest asset.
Edward Foxworth III is the host of the T.V. Show “American Entrepreneur”, a news magazine style show focused on entrepreneurs who are making extraordinary strides. His book, The Six Routines of Self-Discovery is now available at www.edwardfoxworth.com.