Change Is Good and Necessary!
The politician takes the stand. He gazes meaningfully at the crowds gathered to hear him speak. A collective breath is held; hope hanging on the words that everyone wants to hear. And then we hear it; ‘If I become the next Prime Minister, I will change…blah, blah, blah!’
How many times have we heard that one before? Tax cuts for the green people willing to change every window and door in their house, injection of money into our health and education system, help for the elderly, loan forgiveness for students and the list goes on.
It sounds good. It’s exactly what our country needs. It touches every Canadian out there and excludes no demographic. But there is one fundamental problem with these platforms and promises. The government is throwing money at the wrong departments.
For example, if I were to change the health system to make it more effective and accessible, the first thing I would do is revamp the administration system. I wouldn’t just throw a money grant at them and tell them to use it wisely, because more often than not, that money is used to create yet another unnecessary administration system to manage said money.
Pretty soon, someone is promoted to a position of managing the new grant money. The job that that employee leaves behind is then picked up by a new employee who has to go through every file to familiarize her with the position, make the same preliminary phone calls the previous employee wasted a day doing, and by the time she is up to speed in her new position, she is once again promoted to a new position, thus, starting the process all over again.
It is such a sad and unnecessary waste of money. I know these things happen because I have friends who work in that system who shake their heads at the disorganization of it all and the level of untrained employees who are promoted to positions they know nothing about.
I don’t think our problem with the health care system has as much to do with a lack of doctors and nurses, as it is the scatterbrained administration wasting our money on creating new jobs and promotions for no particular reason.
Yell at me if you want to, but I believe that fixing our health system starts in the office, not in the waiting rooms.
Secondly, I would figure out a way to help parents and children. They are the ones who love and care for and teach their children, and these children are our future. We need them to be raised in good and supportive homes. As of late, I see more and more mothers falling into depression. Feeling alone and scared and unsure of themselves, they sink into black places and are unable to care for their children. We need to be more helpful.
For example, here in Quebec, Canada, winters are long and cold. It is not uncommon for mothers to stay in the house for days on end if they have no where to go with their children. Not only are they being isolated, they are lacking Vitamin D which has been linked to depression and also an elevated rate of Multiple Sclerosis.
Municipal governments are on the hook to establish centers for parents and their children, but it is advantageous for the provincial and federal governments to invest in this demographic as well. If the 3 tiers of government invested in an Early Years Program for each province and territory and made a welcoming and open place for parents to bring their children to play, visit, learn and grow, I am certain postnatal depression would decrease. This in turn would lift a burden off the health system of mothers being admitted with mental illness.
It is clear that we have forgotten the old adage that it takes a village to raise a child and we have foolishly led ourselves to believe that we can do it all on our own. It is epidemic in our day and age to have this indoctrination and it is leading us down a path of despair. I am convinced that an Early Years Program could change that.
Thirdly, I would focus on the education system. Here in Quebec there is a major problem regarding education. The drop out rate is high in the French schools, especially for boys, and that is bad for the future of Quebec and Canada. The French school system needs to be re-evaluated for its effectiveness in motivating children to stay in school.
I believe the French program focuses too much on grammar and its stringent rules. Of course, learning proper grammar in any language is important, but has the French system taken it too far? Are they putting too much intensity into the grammar and forgetting the beauty and the creativity that it could inspire in the students?
French has become a chore of rote memorization and leaves the students less than motivated to continue studying. French Students are also not inclined to read and that is problematic as well. The government needs to infuse the French system with new programs and books, and find a way to inspire students to want to continue their education.
Just a couple of things I’ve been thinking about lately!
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