The economy sucks! People can’t find work! Recently, for the first time in a number of years, the average wage in America is actually declining. People are suffering and our immediate outlook seems bleak. However, if we are not careful, our extended outlook would be even more bleak. Governments, both at the state and federal levels are cutting everywhere, including in the public schools. If they have their way classroom sizes will balloon to well over 30 students per room. The arts are being cut, a well rounded education is being ground to nothing but math and english.
These politicians say that there are alternatives to public education; cyber schools, charter schools and private schools. They say that they want the money that would have been spent on each child’s public education travel with the student; even if it is to a private institution or one that does not have the same stringent standards that public schools do. Why should we use public money for private institutions. Why should we as tax payers stand idly by as our public schools lose half their teachers to retirement as new teachers are afraid to enter into the profession, due to low pay, public ridicule, and inefficient/ineffective governmental oversight. Why should we allow these non-educators to “dumb down” our public ed.