Well-ed­u­cated chil­dren will ben­e­fit the na­tion

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

EDITOR, TIMES-DIS­PATCH:

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.

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