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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

How Your Vote in November Could Harm or Help Children

The opinions expressed by this article are not necessarily the opinion of "Reform for Our Families" blog. However, it is vital that we share our thoughts from many points of view, without prejudice, to hopefully understand the most positive path to reform. 

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Posted by Christopher A. Brown


This post was originally published in The Huffington Post.
As we approach the culmination in November of yet another election cycle, I decided to stake stock of what so many people these days are voting against -- marriage.
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A recent analysis of census data by the Pew Research Center reveals that a record share of Americans have never married. In delving deeper into this milestone, the researchers found:
  • In 2012, 1 in 5 adults ages 25 and older (about 42 million people) had never been married. In 1960, only about 1 in 10 adults (9 percent) in that age range had never been married.
  • About half of today's 25- to 34-year-olds (49 percent) have never been married, a fourfold increase since 1960 (12 percent).
  • When today's young adults reach their mid-40s to mid-50s, it is likely that a record high share (25 percent) is likely to have never been married. And this is despite young adults' lack of opposition to marriage. Only 4 percent of never-married adults ages 25 to 34 say they don't want to get married.
Unfortunately, the best intentions often go unrealized. Despite this lack of opposition to marriage among young adults, the "baby train" keeps rolling down the track. As I've noted elsewhere, out-of-wedlock births and age at first marriage are at all-time highs. Moreover, the average age of women when they marry has surpassed the average age at which they give birth to their first child. A primary cause of these trends is that Americans have increasingly "decoupled" marriage and child bearing so that marriage is no longer viewed as a necessary or even desirable context in which to bear and raise children.

The decoupling of marriage from raising children is, however, only one cog in the engine that has driven us to this point. A host of other changes in values, economics, and gender patterns have contributed as well. Many of those changes are good, needed. But what a cog this decoupling is because, sadly, it is children who ultimately suffer from and have no control over it. My concern is that the adults who have control over it now believe that the primary function of marriage is to benefit the adults who enter into it and not to raise the next generation of children. Far too many Americans continue to ignore (or not care about) the evidence that growing up in home with a single, never-married parent, with a once-married but now divorced parent, or with cohabiting parents places children at a higher risk of poor physical, social, and emotional outcomes, which primarily result from father absence. As the Pew Research Center report notes, fewer than half of the public believes we're better off when marriage and children are a priority.

The improvement of child well-being is why National Fatherhood Initiative exists and is why we're so adamant in our support of marriage as the ideal context in which to raise children. Whether a father is married to his children's mother is the most important predictor of his involvement in his children's lives.

It's also why we're non-partisan. Does that sound odd or surprise you? It shouldn't because this position is not just a conservative or a progressive one. It's both. Encouraging couples to marry before they have children is a cause everyone who considers themselves to be a conservative or a progressive (or anywhere in between) should rally around. A conservative should support this cause because it will help re-establish an institution that is in steep decline. Re-establishing marriage as a vital social institution will save government the money it spends on dealing with the consequences of the decline of marriage and the increase in father absence. A progressive should support this cause because it involves the social reform of an institution that is vital to advancing and improving our society. It would allow the government to shift the money spent on the consequences of the decline of marriage and high rate of father absence to improving our society in other ways, such as improvements to our nation's infrastructure and the environment.

So regardless of where you stand on the political spectrum, I encourage you to "vote yes" for marriage in the broad, societal sense. And as you consider for whom to vote this November, delve into how the candidates stand on the institution of marriage, and vote accordingly.
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

What is the "Dead Horse Theory"??

This image may say it all.
  • Encourage everyone to download the file. Print it out (8.5"x11") and share it with your Favorite Government Agency, or Business.

Perhaps it will remind them to quit Wasting money, and perhaps for real change do something Beneficial for:
Our Families.
Our Children.
Our FUTURE.
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Rethinking Foster Care:
Molly McGrath Tierney at TEDxBaltimore 2014
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When allegedly accused of Child Abuse or Neglect
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Monday, September 22, 2014

College Conspiracy ~ Documentary of 2011 ~ How are we in 2014????

 Back in 2011 Came across a very great article from the National Inflation Association titled: "
 


It's now 2014, so how are we doing TODAY, 2014????
Check out this video and then check out the comments from one below on this video below>> Titled "NIA’s College Conspiracy Documentary: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly"
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Researcher, Publisher
GPC Publication
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 Review of>>NIA’s College Conspiracy Documentary: 
The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Original Link:  http://www.wiredacademic.com/2011/08/nias-college-conspiracy-documentary-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/

By KatieW on Flickr via Creative CommonsBy on August 4, 2011 Domestic, Friend, Fraud, or Fishy, Required, Universities & Colleges

Film Review
by Derek Reed

The recent wave of college-is-a-bubble criticisms has been thoroughly documented, both here and elsewhere. Coming in on the more vehement end of that wave is a film produced by the National Inflation Association called College Conspiracy, which has racked up more than 1.5 million views on YouTube since it debuted in May. It’s billed as a documentary, but the film is actually more of an hour-long video 

Op-Ed, which runs through most of the familiar criticisms we’ve heard over the past year before concluding that “college education is the largest scam in U.S. history.” If you can’t tell already, the film’s argument is a rather radical one, but since it does argue that the future of education is online, it’s worthwhile for us to dig into the good, the bad, and the ugly about it.

The Good
– The film forecasts that, by the end of this decade, 20 percent of American schools will have closed, enrollment will decline by 15 to 30 percent, and that universities in the States will see an influx of foreign students as the U.S. dollar continues its slide from global hegemony. It’s anyone’s guess whether these predictions will play out, but it’s at least interesting to see a critic of higher education coming forth with some concrete numbers.

– In its criticism of higher education, the film touches on a small but important issue that few people have brought up: grade inflation. A professor shares how, at his school, students who make a 4.0 GPA are honored by having their name engraved on a plaque. The first 60 years of 4.0 earners fit on one plaque, but now, each year requires multiple tablets—and this sort of thing is happening at schools all across the country. College should be difficult, so if students are finding it easier and easier to make stellar grades, that means one of higher education’s main tools for spurring growth is becoming dull.

The Bad
– For us at WiredAcademic, it’s of particular interest that the film predicts the future of higher education is online, where the best professors can come together to teach an unlimited number of students, all from the comfort of their homes. NIA predicts that, since this model supplies better value at a fraction of the cost, online education should see a 25 percent jump in market share by the end of this decade. But don’t get too excited, because the film’s characterization of online schools is a bit short-sighted. We shouldn’t assume that professors at online schools can adequately teach an endless number of students, just because their lectures can be streamed over the net to anyone in the world. At the end of the day, someone still has to grade all of those papers, and even if F. Scott Fitzgerald himself were your English professor, chances are he’d never even see your work if there were a million other students in your “class.” The impersonal, 300-students-in-a-lecture-hall model has already been pointed out as one of the university system’s flaws. Let’s not make matters worse by moving it online and shoving more students into the class.

The Ugly
– The reason this film can’t be called a documentary is that all of the facts, figures, and viewpoints shown in it fit perfectly into the picture that NIA is trying to present. On an issue as complicated and far-reaching as the “college bubble,” a true documentary would give screen-time to people who hold views opposite the filmmakers, and you’d better believe that there are plenty of people who would be happy to take issue with NIA’s college-is-a-scam argument. Big issues like these are never as simple as NIA has it here—otherwise, they wouldn’t be newsworthy and they wouldn’t be such a pain to sort out.

– Where other critics have explained higher education’s deficiencies as being the product of myriad cultural causes, NIA argues that the college bubble is actually a conspiracy drawn up by nefarious college administrators “who are only interested in lining their own pockets.” Textbook publishers and the U.S. government are in on it, and the mainstream media is too, because it has helped spread the lie that college is a good investment. It goes without saying that this isn’t true. In times of crisis, it’s always convenient if you can pin your woes on a scapegoat, but even though there might in fact be some college administrators whose intentions fit NIA’s profile, this probably isn’t the case everywhere. Conspiracy theories are fun and exciting, but on issues like this one, we need sober and balanced solutions if we want to see real results.
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Link: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/2716696/posts 
PR Newswire ^ | May 7, 2011 | Gerard Adams

Posted on 5/7/2011, 8:50:44 PM by 2ndDivisionVet
The National Inflation Association (NIA) - http://inflation.us - is pleased to officially announce that it will soon be releasing its hour long documentary 'College Conspiracy', which will expose the U.S. college education system as the largest scam in U.S. history. NIA has been producing 'College Conspiracy' for the past six months and plans to release the movie on May 15th. NIA members will be given the first opportunity to watch this must see documentary, which we hope will change the college education industry for the better.

NIA expects 'College Conspiracy' to take college education by storm and expose the facts and truth about tuition inflation to prospective college students. Almost everybody applying to college has heard the oft-repeated statistic that Americans with college degrees earn $1 million more in lifetime income than high school graduates without a degree. This is one of those statistics that gets repeated so many times that just about everybody accepts it as fact, but nobody actually does the research to confirm whether or not it is true. 'College Conspiracy' will prove once and for all if indeed this so-called statistic is true or just a myth.
If 70.1% of high school graduates enroll in a college or university, how does a college degree give you an advantage over the rest of the population? Back in the early 1960s, Americans didn't need to go to college. We were a creditor nation with a strong manufacturing base. With an unemployment rate of only 5%, jobs were available to almost everybody. Less than 50% of American high school graduates enrolled into college. For those who did attend college and graduate with a degree, it was actually something special that made you stand out from the rest of the field, because not everybody had one.

American college tuition inflation has been out of control for the past decade. During the financial crisis of late-2008/early-2009, almost all goods and services in America at least temporarily declined in price. The only service in America that continued to rise in price throughout the financial crisis, besides health care, was college education. Despite real unemployment in America reaching 22%, students were brainwashed into believing that if they were lucky enough to be blessed with the privilege to get half a million dollars into debt to obtain a college degree, they will be on a path to riches and have a guaranteed successful career; whereas those who don't attend college are destined to be failures in life.

The current college education bubble is one of the largest bubbles in U.S. history. The college bubble has been fueled by the U.S. government's willingness to give out cheap and easy student loans to anybody who applied for them, regardless of if they will ever have the ability to pay the loans back. Student loan debt in America is now larger than credit card debt, but unlike credit card debt, student loan debt can't be discharged in bankruptcy.

During the 1970s, college students were able to afford their own college tuition without getting into any debt, simply by working a part-time job year round or by working a full-time job during the summer. Not only that, but most college students were also able to afford their own car and a small apartment. However, since 1970, Americans have experienced a 50% decline in their standard of living due to the Federal Reserve's dangerous and destructive monetary policies. 

You never heard of parents setting up college savings accounts for their children 40 years ago, but thanks to the Federal Reserve, this has become the norm.

The biggest competitive threat to Wal-Mart today in terms of market cap ($192 billion) is not Target ($35 billion) like you might think, but is actually Amazon.com ($89 billion). Wal-Mart is able to offer the lowest prices out of all brick and mortar retailers, because of the size and scope of the company, which allows them to be profitable even at extremely low gross margins. 

However, while Wal-Mart's stock price is only up 16% from where it was exactly 5 years ago, Amazon.com's stock price is up 470% during this same time period.

Amazon.com's stock price has risen by a 29 times higher percentage than Wal-Mart due to the fact that they sell their products over the Internet with substantially less overhead costs. NIA believes that the future of college education is over the Internet and that Americans in the future will be able to receive a better quality education from the best professors from all around the world at only a fraction of the cost of a traditional brick and mortar college education.

For the vast majority of college courses, there is absolutely nothing that students can learn in a huge multi-million dollar lecture hall with hundreds of other students that they can't learn at home listening to that same professor on a computer. The only reason online colleges haven't taken off yet in America and still have less than a 1% market share of U.S. higher education is because America has a college-industrial complex that cares only about profits and not educating students. The people who control the system simply don't want the system to change, because they are making way too much money by turning American students into indentured servants.
 
Back in the 1980s when Americans graduated high school, they would get hundreds of thousands of dollars into debt to buy a house. Today, millions of Americans have mortgage-sized debts, but still live with their parents. All they have is a piece of paper called a college degree, that is rapidly declining in value even faster than tuitions are skyrocketing in price.
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College Conspiracy' was made possible by the personal stories that were submitted to us by thousands of NIA members. NIA's staff spent the past six months traveling across the country, interviewing our country's top expert guests in nine different states. Please tell all of your family members and friends to become members of NIA for free immediately at http://inflation.us so that they along with you can be among the first to see 'College Conspiracy'.

About us:
The National Inflation Association is an organization that is dedicated to preparing Americans for hyperinflation. NIA offers free membership at http://www.inflation.us and provides its members with articles about the U.S. economy and inflation, daily news stories and blog updates, and important charts not shown by the mainstream media. NIA is the producer of economic documentaries that have received a combined 10 million views including the critically acclaimed 'Meltup', 'The Dollar Bubble', 'End of Liberty', and 'Hyperinflation Nation'. NIA provides unbiased reviews of the major online sellers of gold and silver bullion and also offers profiles of gold, silver, agriculture, oil, and alternative energy companies that could prosper in an inflationary environment. NIA is the creator of 'NIAnswers', the world's most comprehensive database of questions and answers about inflation, currencies, debt, and precious metals.
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Were the 1990's the Unfortunate Turning Point of the Child Protective AGENCIES??

To All who believe that Our Families, Our Children are Our Future.

I often remind others that the Child Protective AGENCY was created in 1974 by the Mondale Act, and were given these two Major Responsibilites:
  • Protecting Children
  • Strengthening Families
Noting that there was no particular Priority on which was more important.

In this particular blog and for further reading and understanding, here are Four major Topics and/or Documents:
 1. Family Preservation vs Foster Care
 2. Child Protection at the Crossroads:
       Child Abuse, Child Protection, and Recommendations for Reform (03/31/1998)

 3. Model State Legislation -Parental Due Process Act
  4. Know Thy Enemy

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Issue Papers from NCCPR Family Preservation vs Foster Care
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Child Protection at the Crossroads:Child Abuse, Child Protection, and Recommendations for Reform (03/31/1998)


The United States has had federally mandated child-protection laws for over a quarter of a century. Since these mandates have been in effect, child maltreatment rates have increased tremendously and child- protection agencies’ ability to handle the increase has declined:§  When CAPTA was enacted in 1973.  
  • Child-protection agencies handled about 60,000 reports of abuse and neglect; today they handle 3 million.
  •  Substantiation rates have plummeted from a high of 61 percent in 1976 to a current low of 31 percent.
  • Early estimates on confirmed abuse and neglect, while far from exact, ranged from 6,500 in 1967 to 360,000 in 1974. 

One of the Many Suggested Reforms: Repeal mandatory reporting laws that are in effect in all the states.

 "...Mandatory reporting laws, designed to encourage those who work with children to report incidents of maltreatment, have served their intended purpose of raising public awareness and have had unintended consequences. These laws create two negative effects. First, they encourage unnecessary reporting because professionals must report all of their suspicions under threat of prosecution. While such prosecutions are rare, one should not have to report suspicions. Reporting should be restricted to more concrete evidence of a crime...." Read More




The model legislation was written by a team of attorneys at Pacific Justice Institute http://www.pacificjustice.org/ in Sacramento California.

However, it never made it through the committee. Still I urge everyone to get involved with their Legislators, and hopefully, have them use part or all of this for a bill proposal in Your State. (Side Note: Express Yourself and take Our Parent Survey)
A BILL
To protect the fundamental due process rights of a parent
in proceedings to terminate parental rights.
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 Know Thy Enemy

The following is from 2 posts in my “Reform for Our Families” Blog from Dec. 2010. Two
major topics were discussed: (For further reading do Download the files at the end of this
document.)
 
         1. Plan to eliminate Child Abuse
         2. Court Training for the agents of our Child Protective Agencies.
 
Both are probably concerns for many. However, in the realm of “Due Process” is the Truth
of abuse being fairly represented?
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