Critical Infrastructure for Children
Critical Infrastructure for Children is a resource for parents, students and educators. The 162 questions in the book address what’s working in education, what could be working better, and key information that most people don’t know. The role of the book is also to facilitate communication between the many groups and people working hard to create bright futures here in New England. You can preview Critical Infrastructure for Children on Amazon with the “See Inside” feature.
What is one situation that CIC responds to? Job creation. A recent statement by UMass Lowell president Jacqueline Moloney outlined our current situation with skilled labor in manufacturing, when she said;
“The manufacturing industry in Massachusetts is facing a critical shortfall in skilled workers, with jobs currently unfilled and more expected to open up over the next 10 years.”
She went on to say that “over the next decade, nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will likely need to be filled, and the skills gap is expected to result in 2 million of those jobs going unfilled.” That was not speculation on her part; she was quoting page four of this report. This is one of many reasons why Critical Infrastructure for Children explores multiple tactics to assure we keep these jobs here. I believe that if we’re aggressive, smart and work together, we can create 80,000 jobs right here in New England while improving the situation of a lot of people through other steps forward.
Why did I write the letter A Mystical Vision of Wild Wes”and integrate it into CIC? CIC has strong sections on progressive coursework and I wanted to make the point that the “green” platforms of many schools and organizations in New England are lacking in two major areas; conservation and reduction of animal cruelty. There is also massive room for improvement in almost every other area of “progressive coursework”.Questions 87 to 110 in CIC focus on responses to this.
What are presentations of CIC like? I do a presentation called “Forty Blessings” in which I run down forty points that parents, students and educators should be aware of.
Why am I working toward having a modest, fixed annual revenue from book sales instead of trying to get rich? The point of my work is to help as many people as possible, and making too much money would only get in the way of that. Plus, I want people to know that I will be honest about what I promote, and that financial gain is not a primary motive. At a time when it’s hard to find people to trust, I figure that this is the best way to contribute.