GAINESVILLE, FL – “Our society is drastically changing and it is the children who are falling through the cracks. Single parent families are more common than condom machines at truck stop and nobody seems to care. We have parents working double shifts or working two or three jobs to make ends meet but no one is home with these children. There are thousands of children who have no role models in their lives but are expected to survive and become good citizens. Well, someone has to step forward and help these children and it will be John Edwards and the University of Florida who leads the charge.” Those words spoken by University of Florida Psychology professor Neil West have not only rang true but are giving many single parent families hope.
In order to make this project successful, John Edwards and the University of Florida reached out to John Wiley & Sons, the publishers of the For Dummies series, to assist them changing the face of this nation. “John Wiley & Sons was very receptive to our idea and jumped on board right away,” said Professor West. “This project is the brainchild of John Edwards and it is intended for parents to receive these books and let their children read them while they’re not home. Then, when they have chance to sit down and talk with their children, they can review the books just like a book club. This book club, however, is real life situations and will help those children who only have one parent home for five or six hours each day.” West continues by stating that, “we’ve been working together for 19 months now and have our initial series of books ready to roll out. We have targeted children of different age groups from toddlers up to middle school.”
Some of the early books available through the project include: Dr. Sess’ S-E-X, Why Is Mommy Moaning, Where The Sidewalk Ends: Lessons in Life, How to Live With a Mean Drunk, Why Do I Have Hair in Funny Places, The Truth Behind Scooby Snacks, and Elmo Experiments: Understanding Your Urges. The idea, according to West, is to supply a sampling of free copies to low-income homes through the help of local social services around the country. While some of the books appear to have a juvenile theme, simply based on the cover art, the Professor assures us that the message is loud in clear in each book regardless of the age of the child reading them. “A John Edwards jury would have no problem giving a positive verdict for these selections,” West laughed.
John Edwards was in North Carolina at press time and was not available for comment.