Q&A on Critical Infrastructure for Children
The ultimate goal of Critical Infrastructure for Children is to act as 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 to empower and educate parents and students, and to facilitate communication between the many groups and people working hard to create bright futures for families here in New England. The questions and answers are here for visitors to see how Critical Infrastructure for Children can benefit the people.
What is one situation that CIC responds to? 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,”
Moloney cited a recent report that projects 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.”
If we’re at risk of losing 2 million jobs nationally, then I figure that that’s about 80,000 in New England, which is totally unacceptable. Critical Infrastructure for Children explores multiple tactics for us to assure that we keep these jobs here. Who knows, if we’re aggressive, smart and cooperative with each other we might find a way to make more than 80,000 jobs in manufacturing a reality.
Why did I write the letter A Mystical Vision of Wild Wes”and integrate it into CIC? 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. They may be one of the top schools in New England, but I think they could be still better and contribute more to New England. That’s the idea of every idea on this site; to explore ways we can do better by each other.
What role can Critical Infrastructure for Children play in the restoration of the middle class? The book focuses on many areas, including;
– Programs that promote New England farming
– Programs that promote New England manufacturing
– How schools and colleges can promote the enjoyment of natural resources by more people.
– Ways to support the public college system
The points above are incredibly simplified; there are dozens of tactics outlined in the book in detail.
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. Of course no one can remember all “Forty Blessings”, but the presentation is an introduction to the book.
What hopes for conservation in New England are outlined in Critical Infrastructure for Children? I hope for the participation of a greater percentage of the population in this, beginning in school. I also recognize that conservation is very low on the list of priorities for many families, but maybe if we work hard together to bring back the middle class and more stability to family life in New England, then more people will have time for this. That’s just one more reason CIC has such a heavy focus on job creation.
What do I think about the future of New England and what is one specific are CIC can help in? It can improve many aspects of life if we work together, but the number one goal is for students to get the most out of their educational experiences. There are one hundred and sixty two questions and answers, but they all have the same goal; to explore how we can build bright futures together.
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 always try to be honest about what I promote, and that financial gain for myself 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.