Saturday, March 3, 2012

Weekend Magazine: Little Boxes.

When builders attempt to build as many houses as possible, as cheaply as possible, these are the results.
There is a movement afoot to educate as many children as possible as cheaply as possible.
Any predictions about the results?


  1. If you have nowhere else to live this would be paradise. If you have no other chance of education you would be grateful for any hat came your way.

    Sometimes it is important to put yourself in other people's shoes


    1. Peter,
      If my comments appeared to be aimed at the people living in the houses, I apologize for my lack of clarity. I live in a subdivision not far from where I took the picture and the pictured subdivision does not look substantially different from where I live. The comment was directed towards builders that take little care with their product. Indeed, one person's shack is another person's castle and I have no right to judge.

      In terms of education, I speak from 1st hand experience. One of the building blocks of this country was access to a quality public education. I attended and graduated from the Chicago Public Schools. I was able to earn a very affordable BA and MBA through the state college system in Illinois. Now, public education is under attack and a college education (let alone a graduate degree) leaves the student in debt for decades. If we the citizenry care about the future as so many of us suggest, a commitment to the education of the future generations is a must.
      Thank you for pointing out that with the text and and the labels I sounded like a snob. Perhaps I should have put my education to better use.

    2. Hi Barry, well said. I have this thing about trying to "walk in other people's shoes" before I state an opinion. I guess I didn't see it from your point if view either so my apologies too... But it is fun to be provocative every no and again :)

    3. Peter
      Wanting to "walk in other's shoes" is a good thing not a bad thing. Frankly, you pointed out to me that my point wasn't as crystal clear as I expected. If I am unable my defend my position, I shouldn't express my opinion. And yes, being provocative is fun.
      Thanks for commenting and revisiting.
      Happy blogging.

  2. It's really hard for me to understand the lack of value America seems to place on children. I am appalled at the number of child care programs that are substandard in our country (over 80% are rated neutral or worse), the lack of support for kids with special needs and the lack of funds for educating children and youth. We know better educational models and yet we don't force the issue with legislators. I think parents have more power - collectively - than they realize.

  3. Vena,
    Parents do have power but in many non-urban areas they are out numbered by empty nesters, especially when it comes to disposable time and disposable income. The same income challenge applies to child care programs. It takes money to put together a first class facility and many parents operate on a shoestring budget.
    Good to see your post. I hope you and your family and finding your new normal.