What is becoming of good ol’ American public education?
The institution that taught us our ABCs. To read and to write. Cursive. To recite the Pledge of Alligiance. To make friends. To honor and respect those in authority. And if you didn’t, a spanking could be issued. To compete against others in a healthy environment. Some on paper or from podiums. Some on the athletic fields and tracks and courts. Others in the stands or on the stages or displayed from the walls. We spend nearly 1/3 of our lives in public schools. Many of our mates and life long friends were found while attending public education. We learned far more than just reading and writing and arithmetic behind those walls.
So what’s all the fuss about?
I work in education. It’s about cutting back staff. Losing our jobs. 😦 It’s our livelihood. But more importantly it’s about our children’s future.
Now the very integrity of public education is being threatened by lawmakers nationwide. Our state, being one of the highest rankings in the lowest pay for teachers,
is now suffering the consequences with a teacher shortage in many fields.
Check out Public Education SB1187 while you’re at it. Elimination is its key word. It’s all in the name of freeing schools from government regulations.
Then there’s the infamous budget cuts schools alone will have nearly $110 million cut from their budget for the fiscal year that ends June 30.
One option being considered is moving to the four day school week due to the rising fuel costs. One less day of travel means school bus transportation would be cut considerably. What if we closed our libraries and there were no more books? Oh, and we can’t forget the sound of music. Band.
Then, there’s physical education. A little moving and shaking settles the wiggles for a better learning environment.
Academic scores aside, where would the many college scholarships come from without the athletic programs?
Face it, the Super Bowl isn’t the favorite viewed television program for nothing.:)
Let’s all be intelligent, and let our kids be too. Let’s open our hearts and listen to the children, the ones most effected by all of this. Let’s let our voices be heard across the nation standing up for public education.
An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
Love and laughter,