The War on Children

American public schools have failed in their mission to provide education, erode the country’s democratic foundation by denying the most basic civil rights to youth, and often resemble prisons. Today’s American school system that argues against those who claim it is broken and beyond repair; an impassioned but reasoned call to stop the privatization movement that is draining students and funding from our public schools. Privatizing public schools is a Union busting tactic, relegates children to lower classes. The future for most children designed by Wall Street hedge funds is give children to the military or prisons.

The mythical failure of public education has been created and perpetuated in large part by political and economic interests that stand to gain from the destruction of the traditional system. There is an intentional misrepresentation of facts through a rapidly expanding variety of organizations and media that reach deep into the psyche of the nation’s citizenry. The purpose is to undermine the confidence of children, separate winners from losers, and create a subclass of failures based on the corporate model.

Poverty plays a huge part, 18 million families live with out food security. They do not know where their next meal is coming from. Since 2006, homeless for children has grown 75%. TV news shows believe they will work their way through college and become successful and have the American Dream come true.

In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson declared war on American soil: the War on Domestic Poverty. Since then, hundreds of billions of dollars have flowed from the U.S. government to large and small  towns across America. Our government has provided free food, repaired dilapidated homes and furnished jobs to those in need.

Unfortunately, not all of America’s poor have been so fortunate. According to figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau in September 1996, 13.8% of Americans live in poverty. Many more are on the borderline.  2014, Poverty affects all ages, but an astonishing 48% percent of its victims are children:

  • About 15 million children — one out of every four — live below the official poverty line.

  • 22% of Americans under the age of 18 — and 25% under age 12 — are hungry or at the risk of being hungry.

  • Everyday 2,660 children are born into poverty; 27 die because of it.

  • Children and families are the fastest growing group in the homeless population, representing 40%.    Among the 21 most affluent nations, the United States has the highest percentage of poor children. In fact, our rate is twice that of the country next in line.

  • Jail: Private prisons need inmates for profit and here is an example.
  • The nonprofit Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia said Phillip is one of at least 5,000 children over the past five years who appeared before former Luzerne County President Judge Mark Ciavarella.Ciavarella pleaded guilty earlier this month to federal criminal charges of fraud and other tax charges, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. Former Luzerne County Senior Judge Michael Conahan also pleaded guilty to the same charges. The two secretly received more than $2.6 million, prosecutors said.

  • The judges have been disbarred and have resigned from their elected positions. They agreed to serve 87 months in prison under their plea deals. Ciavarella and Conahan did not return calls, and their attorneys told CNN that they have no comment.Ciavarella, 58, along with Conahan, 56, corruptly and fraudulently “created the potential for an increased number of juvenile offenders to be sent to juvenile detention facilities,” federal court documents alleged. Children would be placed in private detention centers, under contract with the court, to increase the head count. In exchange, the two judges would receive kickbacks.The Juvenile Law Center said it plans to file a class-action lawsuit this week representing what they say are victims of corruption. Juvenile Law Center attorneys cite a few examples of harsh penalties Judge Ciavarella meted out for relatively petty offenses:
    • Ciavarvella sent 15-year-old Hillary Transue to a wilderness camp for mocking an assistant principal on a MySpace page.
    • He whisked 13-year-old Shane Bly, who was accused of trespassing in a vacant building, from his parents and confined him in a boot camp for two weekends.
    • He sentenced Kurt Kruger, 17, to detention and five months of boot camp for helping a friend steal DVDs from Wal-Mart.

    Several other lawsuits on behalf of the juveniles who have appeared in Ciavarella’s courtroom have emerged. The Philadelphia Bar Association has expressed outrage, assuring the public that the rest of the judges on the state’s bench are “composed of highly qualified, honorable and honest people, who take their responsibilities to the public very seriously.”Republican also want a return of orphanages. This way barren Republican wives can scoff up poor children for their own, or have a future prison population. Or even a eventually for all poor and underprivileged children to become future slaves.

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