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Unemployed, Under-educated, Unloved adults often ignored

I am proud to say that I am a high school teacher in an inner city, Rockford Illinois. Recently I asked my students their explanation of gun violence and/or violence in our community.

The results were surprising and exasperating at the same time.

1. Under-educated adults due to lack of parental guidance and support
2. Over 20, incapable of attending and graduating tech school or college due to family responsibilties
3. Unloved young people seeking family seek out gang families

The way I see it is that “we” the United States of America lack any program or job/education/training program for young adults and adults alike that:

1. Have a GED
2. No GED but would like a realistic reason to pursue GED
3. Unemployed Tech School, Junior College, or University that needs job specific education

My personal opinion: “We” need a viable for-profit business operation that attempts to engage the disengaged population of young adults and adults that have been cast off as a lost population.

I have a plan that does this and God willing I will at some point get the ear of someone that can/will make it happen.

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Unemployed, Underemployed, Undereducated, Un-Family support team, Un-Loving family

For my entire life I have cared about everyone not just the hip or popular but also those that perhaps are not conventional that may flunk the test of Perception is 98% of Reality.

There are those of us that are fall under one if not many of the catelgories of Unemployed, Underemployed, Undereducated, Un-Family support team, Un-Loving family that none the less seek a dignified day to day existance.

I am a strong believer in the Free Enterprise System and not a big advocate of entitlement. What I am trying to do with my blog is to get the attention of the our elected officials to convey that as an innovator, problem solver and entreprenuer that I have devised a plan not to limit 2nd amendment rights we all have but rather instead to limit the needs for the bad guys to have a reason to pick up the innate gun and use it for the wrong reason.

President Obama & Mark Rubio are Correct

As a high school teacher for the last 14 years in Rockford, Illinois I have come to realize that dreams of success that my students entertain do not depend on the their skin color, their gender, or their sexual orientation.

The school I teach is located in a city that in the last census stated that only 20% had a post high school education, and currently 85% of my students receive free or reduced lunches. Do they have a chance to be the next Bill Gates, Steve Jobs or Dr. Percy Juilian? I would say the deck is stacked sky high against them.

Here is what I learned last night during President Obama’s State of the Union Address.

1. He feels business will be the economic savior of our union.
2. He has great expectations of young people in the United States.
3. He has become buddies with Tim Cook CEO of Apple.
4. Obama and Cook have negotiated Apple to start manufacturing some of its incredible products in the United States in 2013.
5. Obama has created an Manufacturing/Education facility in Ohio
6. Obama wants to create 3 more in the most heavily impacted cities in the United States.
7. Obama would like bigger business to make it less difficult for business to surivive and flourish.

Rubio essentially agrees with everything except #7. He wants smaller government and less regulations that will make it less difficult for business to succeed due to less paperwork.

Bottom line. Lets get over the political obstacles and get on to finding a middle ground. We need to spend less but also need to grow more. Neither party has said that “no” money can be spent. Regardless of one’s political opinion I don’t think anyone honestly feels that our country has a chance of success with out a combination of cuts and spending.

Dear Mr. President & Tim Cook “I call both of you out”

Let me start by congratulating you on your second term as President of the United States.

As a high school teacher at Jefferson High School in Rockford, Illinois I teach business, entrepreneurship, accounting, and on a daily basis “life” to a student population that reflects 85% free and/or reduced lunches with only 20% of the city population having a post high school education.

Rockford, Illinois is a very proud but suffering city in nortern Illinois. Historically, Rockford has made its economic mistakes much like most U.S. cities. That being said, let me say that the population that makes up Rockford, Illinois has historically be a very proud population. Sadly, the economic base in this once proud city has melted much like the last snow fall of the winter season.

During your State of Union message tonight please be aware that while you have accomplished a great deal in your first term, there are a great deal more that you need and must accomplish. It’s my understanding that your beautiful wife will be seated next to Mr. Tim Cook the CEO of Apple. As the leader of the free world it is a good thing to connect your influence with the leader and poster child for the Free Enterprise System.

While I admire both of you a great deal, it is also very alarming Tim Cooks recent interview with 60 Minutes regarding Apples opinion of US workers. While I may not agree with his entire representation, some however is painfully true. That being said, “We” as proud Americans “CAN NOT” accept that U.S. employees are second rate or unwilling to be productive in the world economic marketplace.

As a closet fan of old westerns I am forced at this time to “Call both you Mr. President and Tim Cook out” in regards to jobs, education, living wage jobs, and dignity for those that are proud and willing, but lack struggle in todays college workforce. I have a legislative bill named and Education for Americas’ Youth that will provide jobs, jobs, jobs, and education, education, education for 1,000,000 proud Americans.

New Proposed Legislation regard gun violence

This is the partial text of a letter I recently sent to President Barrack Obama regarding violence, schools, education and gun violence.

While I understand the need to discuss gun control and perhaps the type of gun, number of bullets and background checks, these steps sadly represent only buckets of water thrown on the already complicated and controversial reasons for the raging fire.

Painfully, the end result of this raging fire has been the loss of many young lives. While trying to put out the fire is a necessary and admirable goal, the bigger question and objective is to how and why the fire ignited in the first place.

I am asking your Presidential power and influence to propose and champion a legislative initiative entitled Jobs and Education for Americas’ Youth that would begin to provide a comprehensive solution for the raging fire that would act as not only a solution to reduce gun violence and other violence in our American cities, but provide to several generations with a renewed dignity of life that many Americans have long searched.

Gun Violence in the USA needs to address cause for needing the guns FIRST

Since the start of the school year I have challenged my students to define the serious and difficult problems that impact their lives on a daily basis in their community. I have impressed upon them that knowing the problem without some suggestion of corrective action is not only a need but a life challenge/skill they will practice many, many times in their adult life.

The four difficulties below highlight student observations of the cause but also corrective actions for what they see as community problems.

  1. Living wage jobs for young adults that cannot afford college/university/trade/technical school or do not wish to attend
  2. Local gun and non gun violence
  3. Living wage jobs for their parents that by in large have graduated from high school
  4. Job specific training for real jobs that does not require a vast and expensive education that many cannot afford or accomplish