Over the last week or so many of our Nations’ Leaders have been interviewed, making statements about the impact of Sequestration not being so bad.
If the comparison they were using was one of the world coming to an end, then I guess they are correct but not a rational correlation by any stretch.
As a result of our elected officials inability to work together in a representative governmental manner, the education of our children from elementary school on through college is in dire jeopardy, as if it weren’t already.
Fort Bragg in North Carolina will be closing its schools, after laying off many teachers, on Fridays beginning next month. Considering Fort Bragg is one of the largest military installations in the country it would be safe to assume most, if not all, other military installations will undergo the same. This isn’t even considering the cost burden that will result to provide Childcare on the one day per week those schools will be closed.
Is it reasonably safe to assume 20% less time in the classroom will lead to nearly 20% less educated? If we thought standards were hard enough to achieve before, how will they ever be possible now?
Additionally, Tuition Assistance (TA) has now been cut for the Military branches serving our Nation which will now be unable to achieve the higher education they want, deserve, and need in order to obtain gainful employment after essentially being laid-off as well; which is a tremendous blow to National Security and our ability to maintain defense readiness necessary in today’s world.
So let me get this straight: we can build roads, bridges, and schools in Iraq and Afghanistan but not do the same in our own country? That just doesn’t make any sense.
I’m not a genius but I don’t think laying off teachers, and lowering the bar for any level of our educational system is anything other than a contra-investment, especially considering we need a better educational system to attain gainful employment which would surely increase our competitive edge in today and tomorrows job market.
My final question is this:
If the constituents of our Representatives haven’t asked for less education or lower educational standards – who is making such decisions to do so, and why?
Please take the following poll and cast your vote: