Sometimes it is difficult to elicit parental cooperation. However, written comments on a report card and completing the above short form might serve to encourage their participation. Due to language barriers or other reasons, parents may be unable to help their child directly (see, “ Increasing Parent Involvement in Schools ”). However, parents could to be encouraged to provide a quiet place for their child to complete his or her work without television interference or other distractions, as well as a healthy diet and adequate sleep.
The Fed reacted to the Great Recession with a large scale increase in the monetary base. This creates expectations ranging from runaway inflation to a concern that a recession will follow. Many have moved to the investing sidelines as a result of the uncertainty. The response to money is more credit at low interest rates. The net outcome depends on whether this stimulus results in real investments that generate income streams that retire the incurred debt. If the real investments do not pay for themselves, there is only short term gain and long term pain.