July 15, 2005
Home alone data debatable
Pioneer Press Sunday, July 10
What do your kids do after school? Do they play sports, or go to a youth program? Do they belong to scouts or 4H? Or do they sit in front of the television, or hang around at the mall with friends? Do they talk to strangers, or use drugs? Many Minnesota parents canít honestly answer these questions. According to a report conducted by the Minnesota Commission on Out-of-School Time, half of Minnesota kids arenít part of any structured after school program.
If youíre like most people, you would be in support of the $12 million public-private fund recommended by the commission to make sure our kids arenít talking to strangers, using drugs or getting into trouble after school. But it seems the commissionís findings arenít necessarily accurate, and they canít support their numbers. This inaccurate reporting may jeopardize the funding necessary for the kids who are without structure and supervision after school.
Even though the commission's findings aren't accurate doesn't mean that this issue should be given less attention. Kids are special gift given to us by GOD and they are also cosider the future generation; therefore, there should be some structural programs and after school supervision on the part of the parents. After all, parents should be held accountable for the upbringing of their kids and not to wait for government intervention.
Posted by: Bill at July 16, 2005 9:18 AM