Silently, the United States has started down the path of eliminating the “S” word. It is seemingly the one thing that has bi-partisan support. The support has come from the highest levels of government; all the way down to the poorest of households. At the pace we are going, the “S” word will be a thing of the past within 3-5 years. What is the “S” word? It’s schools.
Around the globe, schools are facing “never before seen” challenges. Some are out of money; some are overcrowded; and others are facing decreases in “per pupil” allotments. All are in trouble.
Time to bury the “S” word
What can be done? Believe it or not, we do have options. There are things that we can do; right now, to alter the course of our schools and school systems. Here, are our options:
Quit calling them schools and call them Small businesses. Everyone seems to agree that subsidizing small businesses will be the catalyst for economic revival. There is a willingness to do whatever it takes to make small business confident and healthy again. Everything from tax cuts to research grants was “in play.” By calling “schools” small businesses, maybe some of that “love” and urgency will be extended to our children. You do know that kids are in these schools, don’t you?
The Bush tax cuts. Another hot topic with discussions held in every house from the White House to your house. Should we extend them to the richest Americans? How do you define rich? Will it really hurt the economy if we do/do not extend them? In the end, we decided to extend the BTC’s for all Americans. Maybe we should take the same approach with our schools. If we agree to freeze the current “per pupil” allocation, similar to the handling of the BTC’s, maybe it will be the “shot in the arm” that our schools, teachers, and children need.
Everyone talks about our children’s self esteem, and how low it is. if you were a kid in school, and read about all the breaks we were “considering” for businesses, even while we were cutting the “kids cash,” your self esteem and self worth may be a little low too.
The parents. What investment is being made here? How much, over the past year, have parents cut their “spiritual and mental” funding to students? Shouldn’t the investment” increase” begin in the home, and not in the classroom?
Does California have it right?
In the midst of a financial disaster, California built a new, state of the art, school. Critics scoffed at the idea of doing such a thing in the midst of their issues. Was it the right thing to do? Only time will tell. However, it may be inspiring for students to see someone trying to “walk what they talk.”
The Biblical training we are providing our children
The Bible instructs us to “train up a child in the way that they should go;” but the train is now more likely to run over them. Our children, once considered our most precious resource, now fall in line behind coal, oil, green technology, photo ops, and sound bytes. When we, as a country, get serious about the need for education, we will regain our stature as a great country with a big heart. Until then, grab your shovels, and help the rest of us dig a hole large enough to bury the “S” word.
What do you think?
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You are either very young, or have been utterly unaware, but it 'started' decades ago. Now the 'fruit' of it is coming forth in full bloom..... Yes truly, you are either very young, or have been very blind, for a very long time... Incredible.