So you may have heard about this little government shutdown we have going on right now in the U.S. And we're sure you have a lot of questions. How long will this last? What does this mean for my family? What does this mean for my_country?_And how did we wind up here in the first place??
Here at Noodle, what we care about most is education. From pre-k to college, the shutdown will certainly have an impact on all areas of education. So for our weekly round up, we pulled some of the best articles we read this week about the long-term and short-term effects the shutdown will have on education across the country.
The Huffington Post(via The Hechinger Report)focused on how the shutdown will affect head start programs around the country. According to the article, the advocacy groupNational Head Start Association (NHSA)says that 23 head start programs in 11 states with grant cycles that begin Oct. 1 are likely to lose grant money due to the shutdown. This is on top of the already 57,000 children who were pushed out of the program from afederal sequestration that took place this September. Thousands of low-income families across the country rely on head start programs to care for and educate their young children, and will surely feel the impact until the government reopens.
"The federal government has blown my 12-year-olds mind," bloggerKJ DellAntoniasays in the first sentence of her post"A Child Shocked by the Shutdown, and a Parent Who Would Like to Be" in TheNew York Times Motherlode blog.We love this honest first-person account of her conversation with her 12-year-old son, who simply cannot believe the government shutdown has actually happened. It provides a fresh, eye-opening perspective that many of us may have missed.
College students could also be impacted by the shutdown.USA Today reports on the "5 ways the shutdown has affected college students,"including the disruption of military academies, a stall in research funding and even a halt in campus-wide sexual assault investigations.
Al Jazzera America's Real Moneyposted an informative video interview with Melissa Hall, a home healthcare worker in Connecticut who's son can no longer go to his head start program because of the shutdown. "He's missing a lot of education, with his ABC's, his wording, coloring..." says Hall. Hall's story shows that while the shutdown might have some obvious short-term effects, there is a potential for long-term effects on a child's overall education.