CHILDREN IN CALIFORNIA 1940 (www.tpwd.state.tx.us/.../1.phtml)
1. The Feudal System is about keeping the rich people rich, and the poor people poor.
The USA and UK are still somewhat feudal.
Most Americans (58.5%) will spend at least one year below the poverty line at some point.
(Hacker, J. S. (2006). The great risk shift: The new insecurity and the decline of the American dream. New York: Oxford University Press (USA).)
Poverty leads to poor nutrition which leads to poor health.
Poor health makes study and work difficult.
Poor education and an inability to work effects income. (Cached)
In the UK, in the 1820s, the Sutherland family owned 1½ million acres.
The Sutherland family evicted many poor families from their land. (Highland Clearances - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
"Many deaths ensued ... several children did not long survive their sufferings." (1814-20 - Height of Sutherland Clearances)
In 19th century Britain, children sometimes worked up to 19 hours a day, for slave wages. (Child labor in Factories During the Industrial Revolution)
3. The feudal System is kept in place by terror.
Since 9 11, the rich have grown more powerful.
4. Today, in countries like the USA and UK, many children are still being treated badly by uncaring adults.
Children in modern Britain are living like in the 'times of Dickens' /Our Dickensian schoolchildren who start school unable to 'use a ...
Lesley Ward, president of the UK's Association of Teachers and Lecturers, has revealed the following:
Around 30% of UK children are living below the poverty line.
Many of their parents do have jobs.
According to Ward: 'That's shocking isn't it - you go out to work, perhaps two or even three part-time jobs, and you are still living below the poverty.'
Some kids, when they first arrive at primary school, have not been taught how to dress themselves, or how use a knife and fork, or how to use a toilet properly.
A "small, significant and growing minority" of children experience a level of poverty "mirroring the times of Dickens".
"Teachers all over the country are working in areas like this. Areas where often more than half the children receive free school meals, where one in ten of the school population is on the at risk register, where 10 per cent, or more, of the children in each class have some form of special need."
British children from a previous century.
Nick Gibb, the Tory shadow schools minister, said:
"There are pockets of the country that have been written off over the past few years with a culture of low expectations, low levels of educational achievement and high numbers of people not working."
5. The main problem for children in the USA and UK may be spiritual poverty.
Some places are more violent than others. New Orleans, for example, is less safe than Havana in Cuba.
London in the UK is less safe than Tehran.
In 2008, it was reported that in the UK, violent crime by young people had risen by nearly 40% in the previous three years.
Robberies committed by under-18s were up by 45%
(40% rise in violent crime by under-18s )
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"Last year more than a fifth of Britons avoided going out at night rather than risk encounters with a .... form of terror: groups of children. Britons are frightened of their own young...
"In 2000, Euan Blair, the son of the Prime Minister, was arrested for being 'drunk and incapable.'
"Twenty-seven teenagers were murdered in London last year by youths wielding guns or knives...
In FAMILIES WITHOUT FATHERHOOD, Norman Dennis & George Erdos argue that the decline of the family has led to an increase in crime.
According to a study in 2000 by the OECD, British parents spend less time with their children compared to other nationalities, 'leaving them more open to influence from their peers and a commercially driven, celebrity-obsessed media'. (Britain's Out-of-Control Kids)
In family homes, in schools, and on the street, young British yobs are being allowed to get away with it?
Youth crime in places like SINGAPORE, MALTA and BHUTAN used to be extremely rare.
The introduction of nasty films, and other media, has changed all that.
Crime figures in Singapore, Malta and Bhutan, although still lower than in Britain, tended to rise at the same time as horrid media material was introduced.
"Four years ago, Bhutan, the fabled Himalayan Shangri-la, became the last nation on earth to introduce television.
"Suddenly a culture, barely changed in centuries, was bombarded by 46 cable channels.
"And all too soon came Bhutan's first crime wave - murder, fraud, drug offences."
Poor children in the Third World do not always suffer from spiritual poverty.