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MILITARY: Useless study on soldiers’ children

Letter by Ora Clark, Federal Way on June 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm with 2 Comments »
June 26, 2012 11:58 am

Re: “Deployment can affect children’s academic work” (TNT, 6-24).

I see that a study has been done revealing that children of military parents on deployment do less well in school than their peers.

How many millions of dollars did the government spend to learn what has been known for decades, that children with single-parent homes normally do less well academically than those where two parents are present?

Now, if the study had only been done to come up with a solution to the problem that would have been sensible. But how stupid of me to expect the government to do something sensible.

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  1. Ora so you read an article in the TNT and you now know everything there is about this study. You do realize there maybe a few more details not included in the article. You know the first step to solving a problem is defining it. For example, do you know what subjects students have the most problems with whose parents are deployed? Or do boys have more problems than girls? What age groups are most affected? See Ora you might learn something if you ask questions and not just complain.

  2. Believeit says:

    Ora, you seem to believe that the only issues these children and their families are dealing with are the same ones of other single-parent homes. Nothing could be further from this assessment as these deployed parents (both mothers and fathers) are often in harm’s way, their absence is not voluntary, and often, even though the return date is supposed to be fixed, it is arbitrarily changed. The stress and it’s effect on these children and the family members with which they stay while a parent(s) is deployed is certainly of a different character and a legimate area of study. The very fact that “civilians” such as yourself fail to recognize that only reinforces the need.

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