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Imajika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-10 08:51 PM
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8. Wait, what?
"Worse yet, we have the misguided idea that education funding, and the direction that education takes, are matters that the public in general should have a lot of input on."

Are you joking?

Education spending, mostly coming from local and state revenue, is like the most expensive thing citizens pay for with their taxes. And you don't think the public should have a lot of "input"? Sounds extremely elitist to me. Who do you think should have "input"? Maybe just teachers and their unions can decide how to spend almost a trillion dollars a year?

This is exactly the kind of thinking that has alienated so many people and made them less sympathetic to public employees in general. This notion that public sector jobs are these untouchable fiefdoms where a downturn in the economy shouldn't effect them. I get the feeling a lot of people think these government jobs should be shielded from cuts and layoffs, maybe because they are union jobs or something. Sorry, but if the private sector is suffering, then the public sector will need to be curtailed. When the economy is bad the majority of Americans who work for private businesses just won't have as much to spend on government services. I just don't see how this is so complicated to people.

Not only should the public have input, I wish they'd take the time to get even more involved. Maybe if they did, people would start helping teachers by participating in the education process by having their kids rested, fed and ready to learn. Perhaps if people were paying attention they'd value the profession more and stop thinking of teachers as glorified babysitters and realize they are professional educators worthy of respect they deserve.
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