The state furnishes more money for people to go to technical schools. They cut taxes in one area and say they have benefited you! When teachers lose their job and others are being furloughed as much as ten days, how have they helped?
Not long ago politicians were talking about year-round school. Now, it is being reported that next year many systems will reduce the school year from 180 days to 175 days. Does this really sound like support for public education and public school teachers? Does this sound like support for education?
One solution is to properly fund education. Another solution would be in counties like Floyd, Gordon, Bartow, etc., to only have one board of education instead of two.
When the people stopped electing superintendents and gave that right to the board of education, we made a step backward. People whose children are going to be affected most by their type of education should have a voice in who is leader of the educational establishment.
Politicians are always coming up with new ways to evaluate your children and evaluate school teachers that waste millions of dollars. In the next election we should ask the right questions and should seek a remedy to the problem in the public schools as we evaluate the politicians and vote for men and women who make education the No. 1 priority of the state. After all, it is about the children.
Maybe with proper support for education — especially as it concerns the classroom — there would be less need for jails, welfare, food stamps, etc. People would be more productive and feel better about themselves.
Forty-four years ago when I was in graduate school, we were required to write a paper entitled “Education for the Good Life.”
Have we forgotten it is what we place in our mind and how we use it that make a better and more productive citizen.