Well-educated children will benefit the nation
An old proverb says that if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day but if you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. We can add another line: If you teach a child to fish, you will feed generations. That is the value of providing a good education to our youth. It is the right thing to do.
If we teach our youth well, they will earn more and will carry more of the tax burden. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for those with a bachelor’s degree is 2.7 percent while it is 7.4 percent for those with less than a high school diploma. The former’s median weekly wage is $1,156 while the latter’s is $504. Children of more highly educated parents are more likely to become well educated themselves.
Today’s investment in a child’s education can reap benefits for all citizens, and for the competitiveness of all of the United States for generations to come. Not providing for the education of our youth is like bailing a leaking boat every day rather than fixing it.
Ralph Northam knows this well. Check for yourself. I am voting for Northam for governor. AL POLLARD SR. IRVINGTON.