Everyone is Talking
About the kids of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school.
Why do I care?
It’s been one week since the mass shooting at MSD where 17 students and teachers were killed, and 14 others injured. This was all done by a prior student who had a history of unstable behavior. It was an event that could have occurred anywhere and to any one of our children.
Tell me more.
Currently, students are staging walk-outs, lobbying their representatives in Tallahassee and working hard to make this mass shooting, the last. The students are not interested in good wishes and prayers, they want change.
Delaney Tarr, a senior at MSD said, “We’ve spoke to only a few legislators, and, try as they might, the most we’ve gotten out of them is ‘We’ll keep you in our thoughts. You are so strong. You are so powerful…We’ve had enough of thoughts and prayers. If you supported us, you would have made a change long ago.”
The teens have already been met with opposition and some have been turned away from meetings with representatives repeatedly, but they are driven to continue their fight, “…this is to every lawmaker out there: No longer can you take money from the NRA. We are coming after you. We are coming after every single one of you, demanding that you take action.”
The students are also making it known that their voting rights will be exercised. Chris Grady, age 19 said, “If you’re not with us, you’re against us, and you’re against saving the lives of innocent children and we’re going to be voting you out.”
The consensus is that there needs to be change but, the way ahead to that change is still very unclear.
The Kids Are Alright
Is your child on the college track? It’s ok if they’re not. After decades of pushing college educations, the trades are falling short and are in need of skilled workers.
Currently, California is putting millions into campaigns to promote vocational programs and even more to ensure quality programs are available to teach the trades to interested students. It is estimated that 30 million jobs, each paying an average of 55,000 per year, don’t require a bachelor’s degree. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics employment rates are higher for those with occupational credentials versus those with an academic credential.
What does this mean for your kids? It means that there’s more than one path to a stable and lucrative job for your kids. So, take heart if they aren’t Ivy bound, they’ll be just fine.
Hack it Up
Apparently, shaving cream cleans things like carpets, stainless steel appliances and jewelry.
We’re not saying we’d make shaving cream our regular go-to cleaner, but it is definitely our back-up plan for those wine spills and smudgy stainless. Check out DIY with Hometalk’s video for even more ways to use shaving cream to clean.
Fake news is a thing. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting is a clear example of an event that brought on the fake facts immediately. So how do you spot it so you aren’t one of the many people who get duped into sharing it? This expert offers some ideas.
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