America is coming into a time of greater spirituality and this is partially driven by the falling dollar. There is specific spiritual meaning to this. Communities are tightening and are helping their needy. Daycare costs are causing parents to consider new solutions. These are only two signs of the current shift into spirituality. Extended families should consider joining resources. Groups of parents should create daycare where children would have more than a single adult. These are returns to the concept of the village. It is also hopefully a solution to the "nuclear family", as it is a self-destroying function. Together, parents have a better chance of learning to parent. Parented together, children have a better feel of community and are able to learn from those who have what any specific child needs. School is then merely an extension of these principles.
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