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Money — the root of all evil

Oct 28, 2013

By BROOKS TAYLOR

Mt. Pleasant News

I was going to say that I have never thought much about money.

That wouldn’t be true, though.

Then I was going to say my thoughts about money don’t rival other people’s.

That may not be true either.

Ok, let’s cut to the chase. What I really mean is that my thoughts on money may differ from many others.

That’s because when you don’t have money, it isn’t a frequent thought with the exception of how to pay an $80 utility bill with a $40 balance in the bank account.

I started thinking about it, though, recently when I saw an article “The Origin of the Power of Money” on the Internet.

The article was an excerpt from a book “How Did Humanity Become Enslaved to Money,” by Michael Vladimirovich Trisho.

I didn’t read the entire article, a skimming gave me more than I wanted to know.

Trisho’s basic premise is that money runs the world’s economy. Money determines who rules nations and currency rules lives.

Difficult to argue with as are the following six monetary attributes.

• Money separates people of the same nation into classes, divisions and groups.

• The pursuit of money and wealth can turn man against man, son against father, family against family and nation against nation.

• Money’s devaluation of natural values makes nature the object of buying and selling.

• The ability of money to corrupt tends to change man’s personality from social being to self-oriented individual.

• The power of money strives people to produce services in order to pursue everyday life. This inflicts stress upon people, leading to a spiritual breakdown manifested in acts of crime and mental illnesses.

Hard to argue with any of those attributes. Oh well, as the saying goes, you can’t miss what you don’t have. Besides, isn’t money the root of all evil?

 

YEAR-ROUND SCHOOL? I hadn’t given the topic much thought until I saw a published report in which the West Burlington Community School District was considering it.

The district must have air-conditioned buildings because the summer heat would be one drawback.

For continuity purposes, I could see some tremendous advantages. One of the largest obstacles I hear about the current system is the lack of retention during summer vacation. A certain amount of that is to be expected. Isn’t summer vacation supposed to be exactly that? Students dive into swimming pools and lakes, not textbooks, during their vacation.

The aforementioned school district isn’t considering lengthening the number of instructional days. Rather, they are considering having classes in nine-week increments followed by three-week breaks.

Certainly a new format would mean a reduction in compensation for instructors who supplement their teaching salary with summer employment. However, an even larger concern is summer employment for students.

In this age, working is no longer an option for many students. Family finances dictate it. So, how exactly is a student to work in the summer if he/she is in school?

One of the first jobs that comes to mind is lifeguarding. While there are a number of college students lifeguarding at Mt. Pleasant, there are as many or more high school students. Who would fill those spots? But then again, if school is in session, there won’t be a whole lot of kids at the pool to watch.

According to the Iowa Department of Education, nine state school districts (all located in urban areas) gained a waiver for year-round school during the 2012-13 school year.

Another plus seen in year-round schooling is nutrition. With so many students qualifying for free and reduced lunches (the percentage is near 50 percent in the Mt. Pleasant Community School Districts), students would be guaranteed a balanced meal during some of the summer.

Hmmm. This proposal needs more thought. The advantages and disadvantages seem to be close to a wash.

With the avalanche of technology, such as the 1:1 initiative, four-day school weeks, year-round school, talk of changing the day limit on the school year to an hour limit (from the current 180 days to 1,080 hours), education is bound to undergo more drastic changes in the next decade or two than it did in the last half century.

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