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Preventing those that would be bad parents from becoming parents

Take a survey of our thousand most successful people about the parenting they received as children; then compare those experiences with the parenting received from our thousand worst criminals. The successful people will tell stories mostly of decent to great parenting, while the criminals will be telling stories about abandonment, abuse and neglect. Also, all those stories we read about people that were about to overcome the obstacles of poverty to go on to do great thing, they all had some good parenting in their past. Society’s worst problem is bad parenting.

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    Jul 16 2013: In California and 23 other states plus the District of Columbia we can start voter Initiatives. Seeing how I live in California, and as California goes so goes the rest of the country we get a million signatures and then the stat's citizens can vote it into law.
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      Jul 17 2013: What does California spend on educating a child, compared to other states? Pass a law that helps to prepare kids for the future.

      The nonpartisan California Budget Project found that California is near the bottom in the country, at No. 46, in terms of per-student spending. And in the last school year state spending was $2,856 less per student than the rest of the country. In 2002, that amount was only $691.
      California also ranked No. 50 for student-to-teacher ratio and No. 47 for education spending as part of the state’s economy, according to the report.
      “The widening gap between school spending in California and the rest of the nation means we are falling behind in preparing our children for the future,” Jean Ross, executive director of the California Budget Project, said in a statement. “California’s deteriorating investment in our public schools documents the need for a balance approach that includes new revenues to help close future budget gaps.”
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        Jul 17 2013: Something does not add up here.

        California is known for having some of the highest paid teachers in the country?

        How does do these apparently conflicting datums reconcile?
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          Jul 17 2013: Theodore writes that California is 50th among states in student teacher ratio. If that is taken to mean they have the largest class sizes in the nation, this could mean that you have highly paid teachers teaching gigantic classes. In that case, the per student spending might not be large.

          Now that is a tough position to move from. A more normal level of pay and smaller class sizes might have been more efficient all around.
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        Jul 17 2013: Yes Fritzie that is what I was getting at, the unions performed their magic

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