Tracie, really worried about these two issues given the current economic environment.
“One was inflation, which in this context means the failure of wages to keep up with the cost of living. The other was rising food prices. Indeed, even though more people had jobs, food prices rose enough that they couldn’t necessarily buy more food with their wages”.
And this reality that you shared.
“Today the federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. In nominal terms, that’s a huge raise over the $1.60 on offer in 1968. But adjust for inflation — for rising health and housing costs, for the skyrocketing cost of education — and 1968 looks much better. That minimum wage, today, would equal $10.94”.
I wish there were an answer. These are my thoughts.
My dream is to demolish the defict model in K-12 education. To instead validate the creativity and strengths of young children. Empower them with tools that allow them to see that learning is intrinsic to who they are.
This will affect every part of their life going forward. It will impact their ability to find their voice and decide what kind of contribution they want to be. It will open up their relationships and hearts by understanding what it really means to be a human being.
The world I was educated for no longer exists. The world current school children are being educated for probably no longer exists. This must change.
Children are inherently creative. By learning to be great entreprenuer learners, not dependent on others to define and evaluate their worth, a whole new way to see the world may open up to them.
A new way of raising up children, so they can sit on the shoulders of cutting edge knowledge, that can change the trajectory of their lives.
My dream is they no longer will see themselves as victims of a system but as creators of their future. Resourceful and Resilient under any circumstances.