The Obama Administration will call on Americans to serve in order to meet the nation’s challenges. President-Elect Obama will expand national service programs like AmeriCorps and Peace Corps and will create a new Classroom Corps to help teachers in underserved schools, as well as a new Health Corps, Clean Energy Corps, and Veterans Corps
PRESIDENT Obama will call on citizens of all ages to serve America, by developing a plan to require 50 hours of community service in middle school and high school and 100 hours of community service in college every year. Obama will encourage retiring Americans to serve by improving programs available for individuals over age 55, while at the same time promoting youth programs such as Youth Build and Head Start.
Head Start is a program of the United States Department of Health and Human Services that provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families. Created in 1965 by the Head Start Act, Head Start is the longest-running program to address systemic poverty in the United States. As of
Head Start program has made some progress in improving the preparedness of disadvantaged preschool children, mostly low-income black children from inner city urban sites, for entry into our public schools. Datcher-Loury (1989) studied a group of low-income black children from three inner city urban sites to determine if differences in academic performance were attributable "to differences in behavior and attitudes among the families.
Based on the results of the students' achievement (Head Start) on reading and math tests and on interviews with and observations of the children's mothers, Datcher-Loury concluded that differences in family behavior and attitudes did have "large and important long-term effects on children's academic performance." Given these results, Datcher-Loury suggests that "programs aimed at altering parental behavior may be useful in helping to overcome the effects of economic disadvantage on children's scholastic achievement.
What if when an individual reaches 55 to 62 and he or she does not want to give up 50 to 100 hours a year to the "Head Start" and inner city urban programs, will their social security benefits be held back when they reach retirement age until they serve their time ?