A response to need to invest in education by Colon Powell

powell11200811A response to need to invest in education by Colon Powell


To: President George W. Bush & Pres. Elect Barak Obama

From: Frank Paul Gambino

Date: 25 November 2008


Do something you can be proud of this year. Do something you know will make the world a better place. It does not have to get you noticed but it does have to send out a lot of small ripples that touch many lives. Do your bit and you’ll be happy.

A person who occupies a position of authority could give you a tough time today but you must not allow yourself to react in a negative manner. Just look and act confident and let them see you are not going to be intimidated, and then they’ll go pick on someone else.

Since when did you care about my happiness?  Your hands have been closed since the beginning, it has been take and no give and in the process you stole my joy.  My whole life has been based on undue recognized selflessness and on the contrary it did not make me happy but made me miserable, because when I reached out I reached out to closed hands and out of mines everything was taken away.

I am going to share a letter I wrote to the Congress last night in response to a statement made by Colin Powell, his position in this economic climate is to invest in the children first and he made a compiling argument, but my position is to simply pour money in  an old and ineffective system is not the answer. 

First I will display excerpts from his letter and then my response, for the full letter like the title of the letter:

To Restore Economic Health, Congress Must Put Children First

By Colin L. Powell
Special to Roll Call

November 20, 2008

When the 111th Congress convenes in January, it will be faced with the most challenging agenda in recent history…

Congress’ first priority will be revitalizing the economy…..just as our national debt is now well over $10 trillion and the current fiscal year threatens to add as much as $1 trillion more in red ink….

We don’t hear much about America’s children in our national economic debate. But they are intricately connected to the dire economic consequences we face as a nation — and their well-being must be a critical part of the solution.

Today in America there are more than 13 million children living in poverty and 8 million without health insurance… Nowhere is the failure to invest in our children…A staggering 1.2 million students drop out each year — that’s 7,000 per school day, and one every 26 seconds…. Students who drop out are more likely to be incarcerated.  When our children are not prepared for success, we are not only failing them, but also our nation. An educated work force is the foundation of a strong and vibrant economy. And without skilled workers, our military, national security infrastructure, and intelligence systems are in jeopardy.

The need for a skilled and educated work force is even more pronounced as we face a massive demographic shift….



By: Frank Paul Jones AKA Gambino


Colin Powell makes a strong argument and what he says make sense but is not practical unless we make drastic changes in the educational system.  Maybe we need to revamp the whole educational system to support technological advancements.  We live in a high tech environment whereby calculators can be used in place of memorization and spell checkers in place of hard copy dictionaries and robotics in place of manpower.  Maybe our system needs to catch up to the times and reality and graduate our students by 16 years of age with a vocational skill by 18 years of age prior to college.  We have to change the educational system to support our modern economy and implement technology in the classrooms as the real way of life.  We need to replace memorization with practical and technological skills and teach our children how to think with computer assist at a young age. Because the bottom line is that is what it all comes down to and school would be fun again to the student who today drops out.  OUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM IS DESIGNED FOR FAILURE AS A MEANS TO INCARCERATE. 


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