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“Ninety percent of brain development occurs between birth and five years of age, yet we do not adequately invest in early education programs or educators. Day in and day out, early childhood educators give everything they have to their students when they themselves are barely making ends meet. Think of what the next generation could achieve if we paid early education professionals living wages and the benefits they deserve.”


Amid that uncertainty, though, at least two things seem clear: Children in low-income and minority neighborhoods stand to gain (or lose) the most from whatever preschool system we ultimately establish. And the one-on-one exchanges between students and teachers — what developmental psychologists call “process quality” — may well be the key to success or failure. In other words, if preschool classrooms really are crackling with the kind of raw power that can change the course of a life, that power most likely resides in the ability of teachers like Kelly to connect with students like the little blond boy.

But if teachers are crucial to high-quality preschool, they are also its most neglected component. Even as investment in early-childhood education soars, teachers like Kelly continue to earn as little as $28,500 a year on average, a valuation that puts them on par with file clerks and switchboard operators, but well below K-12 teachers, who, according to the most recent national survey, earn roughly $53,100 a year. According to a recent briefing from the Economic Policy Institute, a majority of preschool teachers are low-income women of color with no more than a high-school diploma. Only 15 percent of them receive employer-sponsored health insurance, and depending on which state they are in, nearly half belong to families that rely on public assistance. “Teaching preschoolers is every bit as complicated and important as teaching any of the K-12 grades, if not more so,” says Marcy Whitebook, a director of the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at the University of California, Berkeley. “But we still treat preschool teachers like babysitters. We want them to ameliorate poverty even as they live in it themselves.”


Dem turned Republican. But with god’s mercy his wife has forgiven him so all is ok.


Governor Eric Greitens on Wednesday night confirmed to News 4 he had an extramarital affair, an admission a months-long News 4 investigation prompted.

In a recording obtained by News 4, a woman says she had a sexual encounter with Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and that he tried to blackmail her to keep the encounter quiet.

The details were provided to News 4 by the woman’s ex-husband, claiming the sexual relationship happened between his now ex-wife and Greitens in March 2015. News 4 is not naming the woman and she has not made an on-the-record comment about the story.

According to the ex-husband, the recording was made just days after Greitens’ and the woman’s first sexual encounter. And also that Greitens took a photograph during the encounter to use as “blackmail” according to the ex-husband.

The woman said that when the sexual encounter began that Saturday and said it was consensual.

Woman: “He said: “I’ll make you feel better. I’ll make you feel good. Come downstairs. I want to show you how to do a proper pull-up. And I knew he was being sexual and I still let him. And he used some sort of tape, I don’t what it was, and taped my hands to these rings and then put a blindfold on me.”

She went on to say that some of his actions-scared her.

Woman: “I didn’t even know. I feel like I don’t even know. I was just numb. I just stood there and didn’t (expletive) know.”

She went on, describing what Greitens allegedly did next that made her feel sick.

Woman: “He stepped back, I saw a flash through the blindfold and he said: “you’re never going to mention my name, otherwise there will be pictures of me everywhere.”


Of course, the devil is in the details. The Dems certainly need to focus on working class issues more, but they still need to be progressive on social issues. Hopefully, by putting more emphasis on economics, they can woo enough of these voters back without sacrificing in other areas. Plus, it should increase turnout among working class groups that already vote Dem.


The report, “Hope from the Heartland: How Democrats Can Better Serve the Midwest by Bringing Rural, Working Class Wisdom to Washington,” lands at a moment, of course, when Democrats are riled up with activist energy but also wrestling with themselves about the direction of their party—their most reliable areas of support having receded to cities, coasts and college towns. In contrast, this report is based on interviews with 72 Democrats who hail from none of those places but rather largely agricultural, blue-collar areas in the vast, eight-state center of the country. It will be distributed to local and regional party leaders as well as the most important Democrats on Capitol Hill. Bustos shared an early copy exclusively with POLITICO.

Bustos, although she remains relatively unknown nationally, in 2016 was re-elected handily in her northwest Illinois district that Donald Trump won, too. That accomplishment earned Bustos a bigger role in Washington. She’s the co-chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee for House Democrats and the Chair of Heartland Engagement for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Her implicit task: to translate the desires of disaffected, rural, working-class Democrats who live where she lives back to the party’s distant Beltway leadership. But nobody at the DPCC or the DCCC or the Democratic National Committee commissioned this report. Bustos did. And she did it because she believes Democrats won’t win back control of Congress until they win back the trust (and the votes) of rural people in Middle America.


When your premise is that establishment Democrats are too liberal, I’m not going to give what you say much credence. The casual mansplaining of the racism against the “muslim” truck driver is horrifying here. If you reflexively are against anything that is foreign to your small world, then the problem is not with Washington; it’s with you.


Ford-backed self driving car sends 2 to hospital

It’s hard enough with us humans. I do not like self-driving cars.


Me either @pb4, and I’m a life-long futurist.


Well I certainly would not be an early adopter of this technology. Of course, I still would have to watch out for those who are.



The Trump administration plans to unveil a major revision to decades-old banking rules that mandate lending to poor borrowers.

Changes to the regulations of the Community Reinvestment Act—a law first enacted in 1977—could potentially transform the way banks make billions of dollars in loans, investments and donations to poorer customers. In all, they could make it easier for banks to meet certain lending requirements and lower penalties for compliance problems.

Community groups that support the law fear that any rollback could mean poorer people over time would have less access to loans and banking services. In recent years, for example, some lenders have focused on serving more affluent customers. The CRA, though, generally has prevented banks from focusing only on the wealthy.


Update on the story about the self-driving car crash. Apparently a van ran a red light and crashed into it. The point made was that a person might have noticed a car barreling down the road and avoided it. Who knows? Still don’t like them.


I have faith that the tech on the self driving cars will get better as time goes on. When my driving skills go bad due to age I hope ill be able to just tell the car where to take me. Yes I’m a futurist as well and I equate it to flying, their is no way in hell I would have stepped foot on the very early airplanes. Now I don’t think about getting on a plane. the self driving cars are still in their infancy as far as development goes. The automakers are clever on the current makes , first it was parking assist ,then lane change sensors, then auto braking with more automated features coming. Full automation is coming. I have a friend that a pilot and he tells me the automation on the jets is so advanced that he’s basically just a monitor now initial takeoff and landing and taxiing to the terminal is all he does. Basically sets the plane on cruz control and enjoys the ride. Even landing in heavy fog the computer does the work


Now there’s a man dressed as a car seat. haha. if you like self-driving (sd) cars, there’s a good reason for it, but wow, does it look weird.


Interesting article, They’ll have to put a Bot in the front seat of the taxi like in Total Recall to use hand signals and so on for the other driver or pedestrian 🙂 Real advancement would be the Bot giving the “bird” to a human driver that cut it off 🙂


LOL. Yeah. pretty amazing vid of the guy putting the car seat “costume” on.

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