|Once again we see the short-term and long-term effects of the continual cutting at our public schools in order to feed the monster of corporate education. As we celebrate our country’s independence, I also find I am mourning the loss of teaching civics to our young people and how that has reduced us to ranting instead of discussion, and polarization instead of compromise. When so few understand the role of government and how it works (current legislators definitely included) how can we and the next generation possibly hope to continue and build the brilliant work that created our nation? We have not only stopped trying to be an enlightened society, but the constant dumbing-down of public education is ensuring that we will be left with no choice but to hand over the education of our next generation to the corporate world. I am hopeful that more and more are seeing that government and business are two very different things and serve two very different purposes. And the goal of education should not be to return on shareholder value, but to give each and every child a chance to become a contributing member of society. I’m will not stand by and see our nation become the United States of America, Inc.
Keep up the good fight Diane! I joined our school board to be part of the solution, not the problem!