- Posted October 15, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Real Life Consequences
Before I go any further, please don’t let me lead you to believe that I am any type of expert, because I am not. This post is just the perceptions and subsequent conclusions of an outside observer.
The last two weeks at work have been particularly challenging. Over the years I have treated many difficult patients, so that part is nothing new. What is new to me is that my difficult patients have more potential than the ones I have treated in the past. They have more skills, more intellect and more strengths and yet somehow they are more unreachable. These kids do not seem to value the education that is being given to them; instead they resent it and demonstrate outward contempt toward it.
It seems that when something is free, too often people forget that they are getting something for nothing. They forget that someone somewhere is doing without some of their earnings so that this opportunity is available.
Do I blame the kids? Not really. Most kids are just a product of who raised them. The problem is that after they get so old, the mindset is so ingrained that breaking the cycle of generational poverty and economic failure is next to impossible. Too many of the kids don’t see a life different from their parent, they cannot imagine a different future. They don’t see the options that their education will provide for them.
So, will providing more educational opportunities, more services and more money help when presented in an entitlement context or are we just wasting our time and resources?