Why Education is suddenly such a hot campaign topic
I found this story and it greatly interested me. I mostly want to share it, but also discuss it a bit.
Some of the most interesting, and telling quotes from the article that I saw were:
Romney sees education as an expense, and Obama sees it as an investment
Without education, the masses are easier to control. If they're easier to control, they're easier to be lied to. Think about the people you know.
Those who are educated don't fall for the BS that's constantly spewed about. They KNOW what the truth is and they know how to find the information
that some want to keep hidden. The easiest way to control a group of people is to keep them ignorant of what's going on around them. The uneducated
are easier to do that to.
Note that I didn't say the uneducated are "stupid", they aren't, they are "ignorant". Ignorant means you DON'T know, Stupid means you CAN'T
know. Either way though, ignorance is bliss... at least for those who are in charge of the ignorance.
When it comes to education, the main difference between the two presidential candidates is Paul Ryan. The Ryan budget, which was presented to
Congress in 2011 and which Romney originally said he would have signed, calls for a 20 percent cut to discretionary funding. Although the budget
doesn’t specify how that decrease will be divvied up among departments, Obama has repeatedly claimed that Romney would cut education spending by a
fifth, if not more.
We presently have class sizes that are out of control. They are out of control because there aren't enough teachers. There aren't enough teachers
because the money is spent elsewhere... usually on "administrators". With the present pay scales, you could replace 3 administrators with 5 teachers
for the same price. In some places, you could hire 3 teachers for the price of an administrator. These administrators are usually "central office
staff" who almost never come into contact with students, hardly ever get evaluated the way teachers do and basically only work on things that were
created for them to work on in order to justify a position.
Twenty years ago, there were about 5-6 people in a school system's central office. Now, that number approaches 20. There are 4 times as many
adminstrators and about the same number of teachers, so class sizes don't go down, they go up. Schools will advertise their "student to teacher
ratio" but in that ratio, they are including the administrators as teachers. When that many administrators exist who don't have contact with
students, the numbers look much better than they are.
You can not have an effective learning environment with 30 kids in a room, let along 35, 40, or more. The kids are suffering due to the greed and
nepotism of the "administrators". Is that what you want for your children? Of course not. But that's what you're getting.
In all likelihood, education won’t be the No. 1 issue for many voters on Election Day. But the Obama campaign is hoping that some of its
pro-education messaging—helped along by the repeated talk of teachers and schools—will sink in.
For me, education IS the No. 1 issue. It always has been and always will be. Like the beginning of the article said, it's not an expense, it's an
investment. If we want to invest in the future, we will invest in education. The best investment we can make it to lower class sizes, lower the number
of administrators, increase per pupil spending on things like textbooks and supplies and put our emphasis where it belongs, on the students.