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Friday, May 19, 2006

Education in the USA

The writer of this article has become a friend of mine.

We don't agree on everything but we do agree on the decline of public education in this country.

He's talking about our town but it could by Anytown, USA and still be appropriate.

I've been saying the same things for years to anyone who will listen. Usually, nobody is.

We're cutting 60+ personnel next year as the city is growing beyond any of our expectations.

2 Comments:

  • At Friday, May 19, 2006 4:50:00 PM , Blogger JBlue said...

    Fortunately, we live in an area where there are not problems like this in the schools, but I may have to deal with these issues as a teacher at some point. I started to apply to a school district north of the city, and Mr. Pink told me there was no way I should go there. Apparently, there was a gang in the grade school that made the news recently (Mr. Pink works up in that area).

    One of my students did a paper this month about the salaries of major league baseball players, comparing them as an example to those of teachers and police officers. Sort of clarified our priorities in this country.

    So, two points. First of all, as the author of the piece suggested, teachers can't do this alone. Secondly, they might decide it's not worth it.

     
  • At Friday, May 19, 2006 7:44:00 PM , Blogger Gary said...

    If we don't focus on good public education (and our children - all of our children), then civil society is doomed.

    Worth a fight.

     

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