Why not make American [sic] stronger by making sure every child in America is given a strong start in life?
Step number one to achieving that, if you're serious: create curriculum guidelines, material support from Education, and real finiancial support to encourage and enable school districts nationwide to do away with outdated Health or Wellness classes. They should be replaced with Life Skills classes, probably at the 6th, 8th, and 10th grade levels, that prepare students to function successfully as adults.
This means providing the hygiene and disease prevention information (encouraging abstinence is fine, but we want them to know what condoms are and what they do) that they already get in Health classes, but it also means teaching the kids CPR and first aid, checkbook balancing and responsible use of credit, job application and resume basics, household budgeting skills, and basic parenting skills. They should know how to avoid being parents, and what to do when and if they become parents. They should be able to pay their bills and avoid ruining their personal credit.
If we want a good start for the next generation, the best way to prepare for it is to create prepared parents. Sending children to school at 2 or 3 years of age isn't the answer. Providing them with parents who know what to do when they are sick or crying or ready to learn the alphabet is.
I believe we need a vision to make American [sic] safer, stronger and more secure.
George W. Bush is taking our country backwards. But running for President is about more than pointing out that we're going in the wrong direction. It is about laying out the new direction in which you will lead.
Absolutely. And Americans will be thrilled if we get to see a primary and an election that are about positives and plans rather than negatives and name calling. A good resume is a fine foundation, but we're more interested in what you, as candidates, will do than in what you have done.
Our nation needs to reach down deep into the reserves of determination and daring that have always made us great.
—Senator John Kerry
Thank you, Senator Kerry, and may the best candidate win.