Education, issues and working families

For some reason yesterday seemed more like Labor Day than Memorial Day. Maybe it’s the weather here in Northeast Ohio. Is the sun on vacation? Maybe it’s the presidential campaign that never ends. Maybe it’s because I’ve pretty much made the transition from teaching to working for Corporate Voices for Working Families. So it’s back to work — even on a less than full-time basis.

I really believe there are some big issues facing this country in general and all of us as individuals. And I’m excited at this point in my life and career to have a national forum to talk about some of them. And who knows. Maybe I’ll have some success in creating some understanding and consensus issues involving working families in a way that might contribute in some small way to solutions. Or at least, and most likely more realistically, sparking some honest discussions among people who are very passionate and much more  knowledgeable than I am about these issues and problems.

I’m planning to continue to write here about public relations. I have a strong belief that communication matters and that when practiced honestly and ethically contributes to the success of organizations and to the future of our country.

And I believe in journalism and that journalists make a difference in our communities and in our nation and beyond. I’m not ready yet to accept the idea that the decline of the so-called old media — with its emphasis on ethics and professionalism — it that big a step in the right direction. So I’ll keep at it here.

But truthfully, folks, whether CEOs blog or not, as an example, isn’t likely to top the list of my concerns these days. There really are bigger fish to fry.

Saying that — I know that those and a host of other topics are important to people working in public relations in an agency or other setting. And I’ll continue to opine when I can add something to the discussion. Or share something that I believe is particularly interesting — such as the post this morning by Brian Solis on his PR 2.0 blog, “PR Tips for Startups — The Director’s Cut.”

Yet one of the issues I’m looking at these days is education — and how we prepare young people for success in careers and life. And it ain’t easy. Consider this: every 26 seconds on average a teenager drops out of high school somewhere in this country. That’s more than 1 million a year — every year. It’s a major league disgrace and problem for our economy and future as a democracy.

If you’re interested in this and other issues that affect working families — and I hope you are — here’s a link to the corporate voices blog I started a few months ago. I’ll continue to post regularly there as well as here.

The challenge in all of this of course is not to spend all your time focusing on the problems — but to join in the research and discussion that can contribute to solutions. Please take the time to join me in this discussion. I’ll do my best to convince you that it really is important.

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