Be the Village

Apparently I made some sort of uploading mistake so today I am forced to give you a rerun. What would be good right before the elections? How about a consideration of how we together can influence education policy? That is certainly up for consideration in our vote in Texas.

You can see by the title that I start with the idea that Mrs. Clinton gave us in her *It Takes a Village.* In my book, *The Government is not a Village* I address each point she raised, organize those points, and update the statistics. It is not enough to simply retort, “NO, it takes two parents.” The fact is that there are many, indeed about 1/3rd of our children today who do not have both parents in the home with them. Further, even those that do, are impacted by the society around them and the educational opportunities that exist. While parents do bear the primary responsibility and should be given that freedom, citizens too, should consider how to make society better for children.

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But how to do that is the question! Answers diverge from there and are seldom tested! Here are some statistics: Even controlling for household income, children who are in church/synagogue affiliated schools academically outperform those in public school. Even within public high schools, students who go to church/synagogue academically outperform.

So why do professors of Sociology not say that, but instead focus only on household income? Why do educators not say that, but focus instead only on the money voted for them in elections? Why have some state authorities suppressed this fact in teacher training? Why?

Well, let us talk about it. Please share. Please consider well whom you vote for. Please pray for all leaders including teachers, principals, city, school, county, state, national and international. As if the life of your child depended upon it.

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