I know our county’s median age is 48 years old and growing older — one of the oldest counties in the state.
It creates some issues: the cost of an aging population as it goes from active retirees to elderly, coupled with a lack of jobs to help support them.
But what is our county’s median blogging age? Among the bloggers who post regularly, at least, I venture it’s at least that age.
The blogs I read often don’t reflect the issues I hear from the parents of my son’s friends or at the school. They’re more focused on partisan political and social cliques.
When was the last time a blogger wrote about the repercussions of declining school enrollment in our community, for example? Or really got behind the ERC’s “bring them home” campaign to attract (and keep) our youths?
What can we do to encourage blogging about issues that interest youth around here? Not just education, but the “green” economy, diversity, or just being outdoors.
I was interested in the two 20-something identical twins who launched a blog in Sacramento that is called TwinSoup.com.
Thinking more broadly, I not sure *anybody* on the county board of supervisors, *or* the city councils in Grass Valley or Nevada City even has a child in school here. At least the overwhelming majority don’t.
In the “old days,” elected officials in small communities used to start on the school board and work their way up to other posts. (Our school board members typically have children in school). Nowadays we don’t have that “career path” for electeds.
“They don’t have the time,” we’re told about the younger parents. Well, in other towns they do. Do we recruit and encourage them? We’re a pretty insular bunch, focusing on those social and political cliques.
Our community’s parents and their youth represent our future. We have to work a lot harder to nurture that.