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Number of homeless students surges, putting strain on schools (Chicago)
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 6, 2012 | Adeshina Emmanuel

Posted on 01/07/2012 3:41:19 PM PST by Graybeard58

At 15, Jarvis Nelson should be in high school and even thinking about college.

Yet Jarvis is in seventh grade, and doesn’t know where he’ll go to high school — or even where he will be living — when he graduates from junior high, hopefully next year.

That’s because Jarvis has attended three different schools in the past four months. He’s lived in three different places on the North and South Sides of the city — including his most recent home, a temporary shelter in Lake View.

Jarvis, like thousands of other students in Chicago Public Schools, is homeless.

He is just one of more than 10,660 students who were homeless at the beginning of the school year. That’s 1,466 more than at the same point in the previous school year, according to a CPS tally.

And since the last school year ended with a record 15,580 students with nowhere to call home, the current surge means this school year is on pace to be another record breaker.

While some of the increase is due to better identification of which students are homeless, experts said the problem has gotten worse as the economy tanked and foreclosures skyrocketed.

And even though most economists say that the recession is basically over — there are large swatches of the city that are still feeling the effects of it, said Nicole Amling, director of public policy for the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness.

“There are families becoming homeless for the first time because they lost their housing,” she said. “There are people who have been just getting by for a long time on some part-time job and then that part-time job went away, and so they’re now falling into the shelter system, or they’re staying with grandma or an aunt. I think it really signifies that we are in dire economic times.”

Part of a national problem

Experts said the problem is similar across the state and nation.

More than 57,000 Illinois children were homeless in 2010, up from 30,636 in 2006, according to a December report from The National Center on Family Homelessness.

Nationally, 1.6 million U.S. children lived in homeless shelters, motels, with relatives or other families or living on the street in 2010 — a 38 percent increase since 2007, according to the center.

The large number of homeless students presents a particular challenge to school districts.

In addition to emotional and health problems, homeless students are more likely to go hungry and are four times more likely to show delayed development, the center says. They have twice the rate of learning disabilities as non-homeless children and the vast majority of them lack proficiency in math and reading. At CPS, 98 percent of homeless students are members of minority groups.

The problem is so bad that CPS has special staff who work in the CPS Students in Temporary Living Situations Office.

Students in the program can choose whether to stay in their original school when they lose their housing or enroll in the school closest to their shelter or new housing. They can get transportation assistance, tutoring and free meals, uniforms and school supplies. And the students have advocates who help them navigate the system, officials said.

‘I want to stay at this school ... and make friends’

Since November, Jarvis has been living at a Catholic Charities interim family shelter in Lake View — along with his 18-month-old sister Janiyah and their mother, Regenia.

Regenia Nelson was a home healthcare nurse with her own apartment before she got into a fight and spent a year in jail on felony aggravated battery charges in 2005. She’s been in and out of low-wage jobs but had difficulty getting steady work because of her record.

“It’s hard for me to get a job because of my past,” said Nelson, who holds a GED from City Colleges of Chicago and grew up in Stateway Gardens, a since-demolished public housing development in Bronzeville on the South Side.

Unable to afford rent, the family has spent most of the past seven years living with Nelson’s mother in a one-bedroom apartment on the South Side. But in September her mother asked them to leave. After that, they spent a month with Nelson’s sister, husband and five children but the South Side home proved to be too crowded.

Jarvis’ academic problems began while his mom was locked up and he lived with his grandmother. He has repeated both the third and sixth grades because of low reading scores.

But his recent homelessness has only made things worse. So far this school year, Jarvis has been at three different schools, including Songhai Learning Institute, Claremont Academy and most recently, Blaine Elementary School. “It’s tiring. I want to stay at this school [Blaine] and finish and make friends,” he said.

‘Better to be in here than on the streets’

He said it was tough to leave his friends at Songhai Learning Institute and walk away from an afterschool program that taught him to play the trumpet.

At Claremont, which he attended for only a few weeks in October while living at an aunt’s house, the work was much harder than he was used to.

It felt like “they were teaching something else,” he said.

At Blaine, he is learning to play violin, but he said the curriculum still confuses him.

At the same time, he said he also finds it hard to re-learn some of the concepts he already learned at Songhai.

Making friends is also hard for the soft-spoken, shy teen, and he keeps the fact that he is homeless private. He’s only told one student while the two discussed having a sleepover. However, Jarvis can’t do one, because shelter rules prohibit a friend from staying over and prohibit him from sleeping somewhere else. Jarvis is also upset that he can’t stay up past 9 p.m., even on weekends, because of shelter rules.

He constantly worries about his family abruptly losing the small room they share at the shelter if he were to break the rules, Jarvis said.

“Better to be in here than on the streets,” he said, “where there’s no place to go.”

College? Or a Streets & San job?

Nelson said her son has had problems skipping school and doesn’t want to go many mornings, which has contributed to his academic problems.

“You got to get up and get going so you can do better for yourself,” she tells him.

While Jarvis is on track to graduate junior high next year and enroll in high school, he hasn’t given much thought to what school he will attend.

“It’s hard,” he said. “What if we move and then I have to rethink?”

His mother, who is starting a job-training program for ex-offenders Tuesday, says she has stressed the importance of getting a college education so he doesn’t end up like her — homeless and unable to support a family.

But college is a distant concept for Jarvis, even though he does want to go someday.

For now, he said he hopes to be a bus driver or Streets and Sanitation worker, “and that’s about it.”


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1 posted on 01/07/2012 3:41:22 PM PST by Graybeard58
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To: Graybeard58
And even though most economists say that the recession is basically over

Hot Damn! Let's reelect Ozero then!

2 posted on 01/07/2012 3:43:10 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Eccl 10 v. 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.)
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Hope for Spare Change


3 posted on 01/07/2012 3:47:09 PM PST by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ...In the US the number is 54%)
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To: Graybeard58
He said it was tough to leave his friends at Songhai Learning Institute and walk away from an afterschool program that taught him to play the trumpet

Too bad they never bothered to teach him to read and write while they were at it.

4 posted on 01/07/2012 3:49:00 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Graybeard58

and when these poor under-educated kids try to get a job, they are forced to compete with illegals who work twice as hard for 1/2 the money.


5 posted on 01/07/2012 3:51:52 PM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the constitution"-Obama official)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Should have been taught to do drywall, paint, electric, plumbing, roofing, HVAC. Trumpet???? WTF?


6 posted on 01/07/2012 3:53:23 PM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the constitution"-Obama official)
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To: Graybeard58
Send him to me. He won't even have to leave the house to go to school. We'll spend mornings learning to read (english first, latin and hebrew can come later) and do math.

And then he can work his arse off for the rest of the day. All while getting lessons 'It is always time for school for midshipmen'.

He'd eat well, go to bed and sleep like a baby, and get up in time to sip coffee, watch the sun rise, and say his morning prayers.

Of course, I'd probably be jailed in a few days for violating his civil rights.

But he'd come out of it a decent man.

I did.

/johnny

7 posted on 01/07/2012 3:54:12 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Graybeard58
The problem is so bad that CPS has special staff who work in the CPS Students in Temporary Living Situations Office.

Well then we need to start spending more money on this situation.

For now, he said he hopes to be a bus driver or Streets and Sanitation worker, “and that’s about it.”

And more money on that 3 letter word jobs...jobs...jobs...

How embarrassing to stoop to such a level as to take a job as a relocation officer or garbologist.

8 posted on 01/07/2012 3:56:54 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: icwhatudo
I had to learn to wheelbarrow and edge concrete (I wasn't big enough to finish concrete) so that I would be allowed take piano and violin lessons. At age 9.

He can do both. It won't kill him. Besides, you need arm strength build by hard work to do a good job a playing music, which teaches fine control. Which makes you better at detail work out in the field.

/johnny

9 posted on 01/07/2012 3:59:30 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: EGPWS

I don’t believe these numbers.


10 posted on 01/07/2012 4:00:08 PM PST by AGreatPer (Obama has NEVER given a speech where he did not lie!!!)
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To: Graybeard58
The Chicago mayor, Chicago aldermen, the Cook County president, Cook County board members, Illinois governor, Illinois House, and Illinois Senate are all Democrat and/or Democrat majority controlled. They promote illegals who consume resources and take jobs. They promote welfare, foodstamps, and public housing but virtually no push for personal responsibility. They tax the crap out of people and businesses so producers want to leave. They likely have the most corrupt government in the nation.

And when the homeless, poor, jobless, uneducated, and hopeless line up next November at the polls, they will again vote for those Democrats who destroy their lives.

11 posted on 01/07/2012 4:03:31 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: JRandomFreeper; EGPWS; icwhatudo
he hopes to be a bus driver or Streets and Sanitation worker

Two of the best paying (union) jobs in the city. You have to have connections to get those jobs.

12 posted on 01/07/2012 4:03:53 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Eccl 10 v. 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.)
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To: Graybeard58
The Kenyan nationalized Sallie Mae, student loan program.

The Chicago Mafia's social tweeting network has begun informing students that when The Obammunist is reelected he will begin forgiving their loans, calling it taxs reductions. The students are then requested to begin contributing to al-Kenyata in small increments by credit card monthly.

yitbos

13 posted on 01/07/2012 4:08:18 PM PST by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." -- Ayn Rand)
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To: EGPWS
How embarrassing to stoop to such a level as to take a job as a relocation officer or garbologist.

I don't see anything embarassing about those jobs. Your life and mine depends on sanitation workers.

Any honest work for decent pay is a 'good job'. Sneering at those that do the difficult and nasty jobs that keep us alive is contraindicated.

/johnny

14 posted on 01/07/2012 4:08:48 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Graybeard58
Fatherless boys.

There was a discussion on Catholic Radio about the problem of what children do worst/best in life.
NOT surprising, children with intact families do better than single mothers, that is, fatherless children.

I've always believed that children 1-12 need mommy more than daddy but when children hit the teenage years...they need the HAMMER, the old man, dad, pop, papa, daddy, father--the man of the house.
My, isn't that old fashioned?

15 posted on 01/07/2012 4:10:37 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: AGreatPer
The number of homeless students stated (whether correct or not, and we know we're being billed for that many) works out to be 0.57% of the accepted value for the Chicago population as of 2010.

It may be high, but not by an order of magnitude.

Of course, take everything I claim with a grain a salt. I AM just a cook.

/johnny

16 posted on 01/07/2012 4:16:37 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Graybeard58

“Nationally, 1.6 million U.S. children lived in homeless shelters, motels, with relatives or other families or living on the street”

Living with relatives or other families isn’t “homeless”. What are the real figures?


17 posted on 01/07/2012 4:16:57 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny
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To: cloudmountain
Fatherless boys.

Yep. I would change your age range from 0-7 for mainly momma, but daddies are needed in that age, too. But we're at least in the same book, if not on the same page.

Children need someone to watch in amazement as papa does something, and then a papa that asks: "Do you know how and why I did that?" Starting off a lesson...

Mother taught me to read at a newspaper level by the time I was 4. Daddy taught me E=I*R at age 7. They didn't let an opportunity to teach go by.

I appreciate them for what they did.

/johnny

18 posted on 01/07/2012 4:28:27 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Graybeard58

Uh, it seems obvious to me that Jarvis is not, repeat not, college material.


19 posted on 01/07/2012 4:33:23 PM PST by OldPossum
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To: OldPossum
Uh, it seems obvious to me that Jarvis is not, repeat not, college material.

Probably correct, unless he can overcome the crappy basic education he didn't really get.

But he can be a good, productive man.

'You don't have to be smart to be good' quote from preacher grandpa Red.

/johnny

20 posted on 01/07/2012 4:39:06 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Graybeard58

This is a travesty

A huge majority of the “poor” is kids and it is not their fault.

Can’t we at least do something

For Heaven’s sake, this really galls me.

These kids will grow up into dangerous damaged people if something isn’t done


21 posted on 01/07/2012 4:41:05 PM PST by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Thank Heaven someone has all the answers

Listen Johnny, if you have all the answers, DO SOMETHING


22 posted on 01/07/2012 4:43:20 PM PST by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk
I do what one man can. What do you do?

/johnny

23 posted on 01/07/2012 4:45:52 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I asked my collectors once what their pay was. They told me $22. per hour plus time and a half for over time, that was a couple of years ago and they are not union.

I always tip the two of them around Christmas time. If a raccoon gets in my garbage, they pick it up off the street for me, that’s not part of their job. That alone is worth the tip.


24 posted on 01/07/2012 4:46:42 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Eccl 10 v. 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

All I can do is tithe and give dollars to the people standing with cardboard signs which I do

But then I don’t have all the answers


25 posted on 01/07/2012 4:49:10 PM PST by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Graybeard58
Down here, you have to speak Spanish to talk to the garbage guys.

They actually like their job, and like doing a good job at it.

Everybody puts their trashcans higglety-piggelty up and down the street. But when the guys some pick up our trash... the cans are left aligned in a military kind of straight line. Upside down, to drain.

They know I'll feel the truck coming by, and be out there to pick up my container. I do appreciate them.

/johnny

26 posted on 01/07/2012 4:52:12 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: yldstrk
Sorry to hear that. I have family with nieces/nephews ranging from 30-21 to my most recent grandbaby that's not quite one year old.

I have lots of opportunity to teach (and learn).

And hero, I don't have all the answers, but I have enough for most situations.

BTW, feeding the homeless is good. Giving them cash is probably causing the problems that you want solved.

/johnny

27 posted on 01/07/2012 4:58:10 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper
We are teaching my 2 great granddaughters to read, make right choices in games, etc on their own ipads. One will be 3 on the 19th and the other one will be 4 on Feb. 29. We can not get over how smart these toddlers are and how eager they are to learn. Their ipads have books, games, etc on them and each iPad has a plastic carrying case with handles on it. They know how to turn it on, find whatever they want to do at the time and turn it off when they are done. They know how to take care of each one, too. That is very important and my daughter taught them how to do that on hers. They would want hers every time she had it out. They have been around them for about 2 years.
28 posted on 01/07/2012 5:07:13 PM PST by MamaB
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To: JRandomFreeper
"not, college material"

It just makes him qualified under students with disabilities act.

In UK you can't include any qualifications for a job in advertisements. That would discriminate against anyone who doesn't have those qualifications.

yitbos

29 posted on 01/07/2012 5:24:41 PM PST by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." -- Ayn Rand)
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To: MamaB
Technically (remember... I'm just a cook, with recipes that work).. their brains are very plastic at this time. The magic years are before 7. They just absorb information and integrate it in a way that takes your breath away.

And good for you. Keep giving them the training they can take and want. It will last a lifetime.

MIT has a bunch of on-line lectures on this kind of stuff under AI (of all things). It's on YouTube(tm). They get into dendritic structures &ct.... but bottom line is kids are plastic early, and everything you can teach them sticks, and either integrates now, or later.

/johnny

30 posted on 01/07/2012 5:25:13 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Graybeard58

15 and in 7th grade? Interesting.


31 posted on 01/07/2012 5:27:08 PM PST by riri
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To: JRandomFreeper
They have great genes. My late husband majored in physics and never went to class. We have never met anyone like him who had common sense. My daughter took over our company after his death and has done a fantastic job. Look up aztechnology and be sure to click on the logos link. We are the only company in the world that does coatings and paint jobs the right way. Think my daughter said 60% of the business were exports. It is a fascinating company and I do not pretend to understand everything that is done.
32 posted on 01/07/2012 5:36:14 PM PST by MamaB
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To: JRandomFreeper
Forgot to say that their friends have children about the same age and the parents will not let them anywhere near a computer or iPad. Such a shame since they want to learn.
33 posted on 01/07/2012 5:40:27 PM PST by MamaB
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To: MamaB
Forgot to say that their friends have children about the same age and the parents will not let them anywhere near a computer or iPad.

It was the early '60s and dad (and I, unofficially) were going through a DeVry electonics course.

Mom didn't want me handling a soldering iron. But dad said I had better eyes and a steadier hand than he did.

So I soldered most of the detailed work on the amplifier, receiver, and some of the rest. Before I got my first ham radio licence, at age 11.

It's sad that parents restict their children from learning opportunities. But being respectful of the rights of parents to raise their children... All I can do is bitch about it.

I do know that giving children learning opportunities works well, and makes them hungry for learning more.

/johnny

34 posted on 01/07/2012 5:50:47 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

A while back NPR did a story about the old conservations camps of the 30’s. The young men who attended these camps were thrilled at the opportunity. They worked hard cutting trails and cutting trees during the day but were able to eat as much as they wanted, most of them for the first time. They sent half their small paycheck home to their families.

If they tried offering this opportunity to young kids today they’d laugh.


35 posted on 01/07/2012 5:56:29 PM PST by ladyjane
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To: JRandomFreeper
Hubby was a ham. K4ZYP. He built his first rig when he was very, very young. He sold all his gear when he got interested in bass fishing. He could fix anything. I told my daughter and other relatives that it is amazing what I have had to learn about fixing things around the house. I can fix internet problems, took the bath sink drain apart to get melted candle wax out of it, etc. I never had to do any of that but I do what has to be done. I amaze myself sometimes! I am smarter than I thought! : )
36 posted on 01/07/2012 6:02:25 PM PST by MamaB
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To: ladyjane
They worked hard cutting trails and cutting trees during the day but were able to eat as much as they wanted,

'Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might'.

I'm big on that concept. Even if it's dumping trash. I'm commanded to, actually.

And I'm ok with feeding kids or hired hands, or cows treading grain as much as they want. Kcals in = Kcals out, minus the biological overhead.

/johnny

37 posted on 01/07/2012 6:06:08 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: ladyjane

I like to watch House Hunters. I am constantly amazed at the young couples who want things in a million+ house on a $150,000 budget. Don’t they know any better?


38 posted on 01/07/2012 6:06:50 PM PST by MamaB
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To: MamaB; yldstrk
I'll dig through my log books and qsl cards to see if I've talked with K4ZYP. It doesn't ring a bell. I got very few from 4 territory.

We're just who we are. Regardless of how anyone wants to catagorize us.

Standing up and doing what has to be done does make some lawyer types uncomfortable. But they get over it. Eventually. Or not.

But I can teach lawyers to shoot as well as 10 year olds. Well.. it takes longer for the lawyers.. but besides that....

/johnny

39 posted on 01/07/2012 6:17:22 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

That is such a wonderful saying:

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.

What has happened to the work ethic? what has happened to the joy in accomplishment?


40 posted on 01/07/2012 6:20:42 PM PST by ladyjane
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To: MamaB

Dr. Spock did such damage years ago telling mothers to give the kids whatever they wanted whenever they wanted it.

Did you see the thread the other day about the two kids who were suing their mother for bad mothering. One of their complaints: she didn’t always give them money in their birthday cards. Another complaint, she didn’t send them care packages when they were in college.

I’m reminded of the father who used to say: “I am not here to entertain you. I am here to put a roof over your head and to feed you until you are 21.”


41 posted on 01/07/2012 6:28:25 PM PST by ladyjane
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To: ladyjane
what has happened to the joy in accomplishment?

Ummm. getting censured after hoo-rahing (out loud) about doing well after a particular fiddly bit will certainly make most folks not be so out-loud about it.

Cops showing up because of your war dance because of your Stirling engine that you machined and it actually ran...

Well, that's inhibiting. For some folks.

Me? Not so much. Work at it, and you can get the cops to hoo-rah with you. And stay out of jail. (that's important)

/johnny

42 posted on 01/07/2012 6:29:38 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Yes, ... very important to stay out of jail! ;-)


43 posted on 01/07/2012 6:34:14 PM PST by ladyjane
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To: ladyjane
I am here to put a roof over your head and to feed you until you are 21 17.

There, fixed it for you for this locale, and what the US military would take for inductees.

Both of mine enlisted before they got out of high school, finished high school and 'graduated' with Geneva Convention ID cards in their pockets, and got introduced into the wide, wide world.

I paid child support for one more year. 4 of us. Mom, Dad, 2 kids. 3 of us had GCID cards we carried around.

But I'm not bitter.

/johnny

44 posted on 01/07/2012 6:39:28 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Graybeard58

They should probably be asking the Homeboy aka Food Stamp President to kick back some of his re-election kickbacks, bribes and extortion money (to be about 1 - 1.5 billion) for those poor homeless chillins!


45 posted on 01/07/2012 6:46:10 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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To: ladyjane
I don't know if you are being critical or not. My 2 great granddaughters are a blessing after losing my other daughter in 2004 and my husband in 2006. We live in a very high tech area so it is very, very important to us to see that our toddlers have every educational advantage. We are NOT going to allow these toddlers to not want to learn. If that means getting them ipads, then that is what we will do. They soak up so much in a very short period of time. My granddaughter is doing a great job as a mother. She is a good artist and is teaching her daughter to love it too. It is never too young for them to learn. My grandson is a very good musician——plays the piano by ear and has many kinds of guitars. He is teaching the 2 year old to play the drums and piano. He has been composing music since he was 5 years old. His piano teacher said it was a waste of her time to teach him since he could play anything he wanted to play. : )
46 posted on 01/07/2012 7:03:31 PM PST by MamaB
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To: leapfrog0202

47 posted on 01/07/2012 7:53:13 PM PST by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: JRandomFreeper

You know Hebrew?


48 posted on 01/07/2012 9:44:00 PM PST by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Straight and proud.)
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN
Um... aleph bet... drills? those? Yes, And I actually have books here written in that jewish writing.

But mine have verb underlines and dots in them. And details about how to pronounce it.

/johnny

49 posted on 01/07/2012 10:09:04 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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