I am a man with divided loyalties . . . on the one side, I am seriously put upon by over-aggressive appraisal districts and ever-increasing tax rates by local taxing entities. On the other side, my wife is a very committed public school teacher who loves the school and the students.
I am inspired by her student’s stories and her classroom successes, but I am also discouraged by the dismal failures of the public school educational system in general, and the waste and abuse in particular. The tragedy is that the system is broken and no one is trying to fix it. The Feds and the State keep imposing goofy stuff on the local school system and tie the local school board’s hands. Then again, the local school board is so dazzled and smitten by high school athletics that they, seemingly, are willing to strip everything educational in nature away from funds trying to have a winning team! Robbing an elementary school campus of needed things, while straining a budget and burdening the taxpayers by building a high-dollar football stadium, hiring a new athletic director and giving him a salary package and contract that could have hired ten new classroom teachers, or a buying a new luxury travel bus for the football team, or creating an expensive weight room that looks like it belongs to a Division 1 University is sad. The sad truth is that over my wife’s 25+ year teaching career, my company has bought much more of her classroom supplies than the school has. My employees have painted and remodeled her classroom, hung new black-boards and such as the administration told her there were no funds available; however, then the next week the school had early release on Friday and lined bus after bus up to haul bands, pep-squads, cheerleaders, and support groups up for a 200+ mile trip to a football game, and of course bought everyone’s dinner after the game!
Public education is losing its credibility with parents and tax payers alike. It is growing more and more difficult to support and fund a program that just fails and fails while it continues doing the same goofy stuff year after year.
Behavior is in jeopardy, respect and social skills are in the toilet, and the vulgar and filthy words used by students are disturbing, and discipline is absent. Have you visited a school campus in recent years? Have you seen the armed guards in the halls?
Sure is something to think about.