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Children have always been seen as the continuance of a family’s name and a society’s future. But in domestic hard times and national crisis, because of excessive opulence or poverty, children suffer the most and the longest.
Family is the cradle of all cultures because it informs the larger society regarding the specifics of human needs in a given environment, and then, conversely, interprets that particular cultural solution to a coming generation through initial socialization of a child.
The public schools are one of the largest and most complicated public projects our nation has ever attempted. The idea of how to fix public education lies squarely across our largest emotional fault lines as our assumptions about the role of government mingle with our values about how to raise children.
Young people are leading the way in campaigns to protect the environment. This trend toward environmental activism is reflected in schools.