This is a continuation of the topic from early February. The fight isn’t over, and as Neil mentioned on his page, there is a rally on March 12 in Austin for anyone who can attend.
To the Honorable ____: (I sent mine to Ellis, Davis and Coleman)
I have never been a proponent of the NCLB legacy that embarrassment of a human being GWB left behind as I felt it was BS from the beginning, but this just further underscores the perception that perhaps the lip service from all of you as our elected officials indicates that you don’t hold our children and their education as dearly as you should.
While I know that there are those who continually gripe about the lack of overall effectiveness in many bureaucratic organizations and systems, as yet, no one has come up with a better system to educate the thousands/millions of children in this state/country. We were able to do it successfully for years, nay decades. What is getting in the way now? Teachers have always been true heroes. An inspirational teacher has led many people on to do tremendous things that have benefitted society. Who inspired YOU to get into politics?
My point is this: if we can pi$$ away millions/billions/trillions of dollars for decades on things that don’t truly advance us as human beings and good citizens of the world (weaponry, infrastructure in foreign countries that are continually going to be destroyed and have to be rebuilt while the infrastructure in our own country continues to crumble, military occupation of countries that really don’t want our dysfunction crammed down their throats, bailing out Wall Street fat cats with taxpayer money so they can continue to live a life 99% of us could never dream of), why, oh WHY can’t we invest in our collective futures and provide a quality education for our children that doesn’t have to be sacrificed every time the math gets too hard for you politicians?
We can NOT afford to potentially lose any teachers or cut programs as we already don’t have enough in the overcrowded schools, and we all know that’s one of the first places they cut. (See Scott’s post about his recent layoff after 14 years of teaching!) We should NOT take away the incentives for the teachers that are doing a terrific job. Studies have shown that an education in and exposure to the arts further enhances the educational experience, so taking away from Magnet Art Programs is also not an acceptable solution. When I was in school, we had PE every day and art AND music every week, in addition to actually learning reading, writing, arithmetic, science and social studies. How did we get so far away from that?
Perhaps we should stop building shrines to the Texas religion of sports with tax dollars, then we might not have as many people gritching about the misuse of taxpayer funds through what some consider to be already-ridiculous property taxes. Perhaps we should insist that a child educated in Texas speak English and not double our expenditures on teaching someone else’s native language so that it actually slows the matriculation rate. If my kids were being educated in a foreign country, they would have to learn the language of THAT country, and other studies have shown that the immersion method is very successful. Perhaps certain narrow-minded politicians should quit trying to rewrite the history books and dumb down science to fit their backwards evolutionary BS and just allow teachers to TEACH. It worked well enough to give us some pretty good scientists, mathematicians, authors, doctors, engineers, etc. before. How were YOU educated?
Please, can we fix this? For our own sake, don’t cut the budget on something so important to our future. Take a pay cut yourself instead as a start. Kick Governor Goodhair out of that ridiculous $10,000-a-month mansion. Walk the walk, but quit walking all over the children.