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Lesson Plans


Re: Create peace

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MCALLANILO
Thu, 29 Apr 1999 13:31:41 EDT


In a message dated 4/28/99 5:17:35 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
maryann writes:

<< Help me add to this list::::::: Good parts were:
* one parent at home with children, especially from ages 0-5
* 2 parent families, meal times for togetherness
* less violence in the media - especially at prime time on tv or in the
magazines children were exposed to
* schools were safe
* neighbors/neighborhoods watched out for children, even if they didn't
know them

>>
You'll get no argument from me that these are great things. And actually one
need not go back to the fifties to find it. I was raised this way during the
seventies.

The problem is that we have created a culture of consumer capitalism that all
but prohibits one parent from staying at home with the kids until age five.
We have created a society where individualism runs rampant. We have created
cities where people are almost literally cordoned off from their neighbors,
tucked away subdivisions.

I truly believe that the thing you have really hit on here, Mary Ann, is that
there was a sense of community. Perhaps, those communities were segregated,
but we all know that the segregation was not what made them work.

I think we need to look seriously towards fostering community at every
opportunity, and our schools are a huge part of that.

Marc
Indpls