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Mother Nature Reminds Us of What's Important-Our Children

Please vote on November 6. Every vote counts and our children need us to vote for their education.

Here is the definition of the word 'symbiosis', from the Encyclopedia Britannica online edition: "Any of several living arrangements between members of two different species, including commensalism, mutualism, and parasitism. The species involved are called symbionts. In commensalism, one species (the commensal) obtains nutrients, shelter, support, or locomotion from the host species, which is substantially unaffected (e.g., remoras obtain locomotion and food from sharks). In mutualism, both species benefit. Many mutualistic relationships are obligative; neither species can live without the other (e.g., protozoans in the gut of termites digest the wood ingested by the termites)."

I offer this arcane piece if knowledge because I think we often forget how closely we are all connected and how alike we really are--biologically, socially, emotionally, and politically (gasp!). Recent events have hurled this idea to the fore, in my opinion. There is no getting around it--we need each other and we need to work together, on little and big things, because it makes our world a better place to live in and raise our children. And there it is, the subject that has always been simmering on my back burners: raising and educating our children.

Raising and educating our children is now on my front burner at a boil, most of the time. If you think for one minute that we are not ALL raising and educating all the children, then you are sorely mistaken and will probably suffer terrible disappointment and discomfort in the very near future. I have observed, over time and in many varying venues, that lots of people believe that children are an unnecessary annoyance and hindrance to their way of life. You know what I am talking about, those remarks you read on travel sites referencing the horrid children that should not be allowed on airplanes (hey guess what, there are no more half fares for kids, their seats cost as much as all the others), or the scowling disapprovers in restaurants or museums, OR the letters to the editor complaining about paying taxes for public education.

Really? Do people not understand the connection between children and adults? As much as us parents would like to ignore the fact, our children will very shortly become adults, regardless of our attempts to keep them young and innocent as long as we possibly can. In fact, I can guarantee that those same children, who cried a little too loudly on the plane or in the museum hall and offended the delicate adult sensibilities of the unencumbered, will definitely become virtually indistinguishable from other adults by the time they turn 18, give or take a few years. You will harldy be able to remember that the obnoxious guy who cut you off on the 605 on-ramp was actually a child just a few short years ago. But that guy was probably not shown courteous consideration for his difficulties at one point or another in his childhood and so now could care less about yours or mine. He probably did not have access to a drivers training course in high school either.

You may think I stretch the connection, but I assure you that there is a direct relationship to how adults behave and how we treat and consider the children of our society. It is called symbiosis, and it is both biological and psychological. We are the hosts for the children of our society as they grow and mature into adults. The kind of nurturing and education our children receive will directly affect how they behave as adults. Much to the chagrin of some disgruntled adults, if we stop having children, we very soon stop having society, or at least new barristas to serve our lattes. Yes, there are emotional and psychological anomolies that we cannot control, but the vast majority of children demonstrate the behaviors that they have been taught. And then they become adults who reflect what they learned as children. See? It is all very logical.

Thus, as we roll into the final days of this election cycle (that has seemed to go on forever!) it behooves us to remember that the way we vote on important issues that affect children will have a direct impact on our lives. I am no psychologist, I am just an adult who was shown kindness and caring as a child, who was taken to museums and fine restaurants (on special occasions) and was exposed to all kinds of people from different backgrounds. I was given educational opportunities to explore music and art, and some adults in my childhood modeled a desire for lifelong learning. This did not happen because I was child of privilege, definitely not. But I was shown that if I treat people with courtesy and respect and open my mind to the world, that I can receive in return a lot of good stuff--knowledge, satisfaction, gratitude, happiness and emotional growth. Don't we want that for all children...and adults?

I say we have to strive for that or else we will very soon be living in a society full of under-educated adults who behave badly and do not contribute to society in a positive way. I have said this so many times, but I will continue to say it because I know it to be true: If we do not provide for enriching educational experiences for all children, then we do contribute to the decline of our society, and we have none to blame but ourselves. The choice is happening right now. We can change the direction we are going, we can vote for education, we can all join our voices to the debate and make sure that things are done well, or we can sit back and watch it fall apart. And the next time an adult cuts you off on the freeway or rips you off or does something stupid, remember that he or she was once a child who could have been taught differently.

I urge you to vote your conscience for children, because they are citizens of our country but they do not have a political voice. Even though you may think unions and government have misused funds or mismanaged institutions, we cannot afford to stop funding education. Put pressure on your representatives to vote for better management and fiscal responsibility, but do not deny our children the education that they deserve and that makes our society a better place.

Vote 'Yes' on Prop. 30.

Vote 'Yes' on Prop. 38.

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gayle joseph November 02, 2012 at 04:29 PM
This essay says it all. Very good!!
Nancy Wride (Editor) November 02, 2012 at 06:10 PM
All I know is that my family life is dictated every weekend by homework and projects, and I cannot imagine losing school days in which to get this work done. But maybe it is certain teacher's pacing?
Nancy Wride (Editor) November 02, 2012 at 06:21 PM
I thought this piece by the L.A. Times' Mike Hiltzik on Sunday was surprising on whether millionaires flee to other states, not just from California, in response to half cent or other tax increases. http://articles.latimes.com/2012/oct/28/business/la-fi-hiltzik-20121028
John B. Greet November 02, 2012 at 06:52 PM
I think there is a much bigger question to consider: Whether or not our current K-12 public education paradigm is working. If we agree that it is not (because it isn't) then the next reasonable question is whether we should continue to approve measures that keep spending additional public funds to support that failed system, particularly when there are other approaches that can serve our State far better. I don't know anyone who does *not* want the very best for all of our kids. Because of this, it simply stuns me to see people refusing to consider making some significant changes in public education in California. Not simply dumping more public funds into the current system, but actually making some serious changes in our entire approach to public education. Each time we agree to pump more funds into *this* system, we defer much-needed action on making the significant changes that could benefit *all* of our kids to a far greater degree.
tiny November 02, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Nancy, Prop 38 would be a killer. Below is a chart showing the growth in State gov't. What it shows is between 1970 and 2004 the State gov't got 3 times larger per person after factoring in population and inflation. Then from 2004 to 2012, population only increased 1.7 million while the State budget went down 11 billion, but still much larger than 1970 when California ranked #1 in so many categories. www.apatheticvoter.com/GrowthGovernment.htm
Panglonymous November 03, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Isn't the drill to debilitate something into dysfunction so that one can call for its abolition because of its impaired condition?
tiny November 03, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Like the nation-state system.
Gregory Brittain November 03, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Absolutely, please consider your children and posterity in voting. These two videos illustrate the effect of Obama’s and the Dems’ crushing debt. http://www.snotr.com/video/8631/Hi___we_are_from_the_Government DEBT LIMIT - A GUIDE TO AMERICAN FEDERAL DEBT MADE EASY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li0no7O9zmE&feature=youtu.be America’s per capita debt is greater than Greece http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/us-capita-government-debt-worse-greece/391576
Gregory Brittain November 03, 2012 at 04:40 PM
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” Ronald Reagan
Gregory Brittain November 03, 2012 at 04:41 PM
“I believe the greatest threat facing America, and I believed this my entire adult life, is that we have not passed on what it means to be an American to this generation.” Dennis Prager
Gregory Brittain November 03, 2012 at 04:41 PM
"Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good." Thomas Sowell
Gregory Brittain November 03, 2012 at 04:42 PM
“Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.” John Adams
Gregory Brittain November 03, 2012 at 04:43 PM
“The consequences arising from the continual accumulation of public debts in other countries ought to admonish us to be careful to prevent their growth in our own.” John Adams
Gregory Brittain November 03, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Concern for our children and posterity is not measured by the level of taxation and government spending.
John B. Greet November 03, 2012 at 04:51 PM
"Isn't the drill to debilitate something into dysfunction so that one can call for its abolition because of its impaired condition?" I really couldn't say, Pan, not being an anarchist or a Democrat. ; )
Gregory Brittain November 03, 2012 at 05:05 PM
All Californians Should Reject Prop. 30 http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2012/10/all-californians-should-reject-prop-30/ “Prop 30 makes bad matters worse for already overtaxed Californians/” “Prop 30 gives politicians the authority to continue to spend our tax dollars however they want.” “Prop 30 does not guarantee that our schools and kids will get the help they need.” “Prop 30 does not include one shred of reform – only more taxes to feed Sacramento’s spending addiction and frenzy.” “Prop 30 actually harms small businesses – California’s job creators – while exempting Big Corporations.”
Gregory Brittain November 03, 2012 at 05:10 PM
America become prosperous and educated its children with much lower taxes and more economic liberty. Inflation adjusted education spending has ~quadrupled since 1960 and more than doubled since 1970. http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d09/tables/dt09_182.asp And the quality of government run education has declined precipitously. We should put educating children ahead of education.
Gregory Brittain November 03, 2012 at 05:14 PM
If you want to put children first, Vote for Jobs http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=LRSbH73-oqM
Gregory Brittain November 03, 2012 at 05:33 PM
But also see, http://www.ocregister.com/articles/moved-342887-companies-texas.html The Great California Exodus, Joel Kotkin http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304444604577340531861056966.html
Gregory Brittain November 03, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Furthermore, it is easier to locate or expand a business outside California than it is to move an existing business from California. "From 2007 through 2010, 10,763 industrial facilities were built or expanded across the country — but only 176 of those were in CA. So with roughly 12% of the nation’s population, CA got 1.6% of the built or expanded industrial facilities." http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2012/09/breaking-bad-california-vs-the-other-states/
Panglonymous November 03, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Oh! Foul! Heinous reversal! Big Nurse!!
Nancy Wride (Editor) November 04, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Wow, 13 comments Gregory. Busy Saturday! Say hi to Redlands Patch editor Guy! :D
Panglonymous November 04, 2012 at 02:01 AM
I'm not in favor of abolishing children. I just want to shrink them down to the size where we can drown them in a bathtub. (Extrapolative: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grover_Norquist#Views_on_government )
Gregory Brittain November 04, 2012 at 07:58 PM
This is an important election. Do we want to restore and keep a country based on the principles that made America great, free and prosperous?
Panglonymous November 04, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Gregory has spent a lot of time serving as "exoskeleton" for Tea Party legislators (per Grover Norquist's suggestion.) http://www.americanindependent.com/151317/norquist-tea-party-should-serve-as-gop-%E2%80%98exoskeleton%E2%80%99-after-nov-2 It may take him a while to regain his flexibility and capacity for direct human interaction (given these qualities were important to him in the first place.)
Mike Saifie November 05, 2012 at 12:29 AM
To know how great you are as one nation. One must know the history of making it today's Glory, By Mike Saifie
Gregory Brittain November 05, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Thank you Panglonymous for that breaking news from 2010. And thank you for your blog entry about more "direct human interaction."
Gregory Brittain November 05, 2012 at 02:50 AM
But more seriously Panglonymous, there are a lot of establishment Reps that would like to reign in Obama's excesses and then return to Washington business as usual. Obama wants to fundamentally change America. Conservatives want to fundamentally change Washington and restore the principles that made America great, free and prosperous. Conservatives want the Reps to understand that it would be a bad career move for Reps to return to Washington business as usual.
Panglonymous November 05, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Ok, Gregory, understood. So what's the strategy behind posting ten consecutive comments in a few minutes?
Gregory Brittain November 06, 2012 at 09:47 PM
More data on what the Dems and GEUs have done to California. http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2012/11/more-data-on-california-being-outpaced-by-the-country/ “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” John Adams I know what to do. Let’s raise taxes. It’s for the kids.

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