LINK: The Huffington Post
I understand that Education is expensive, and I appreciate the need to balance budgets and prevent overspending. But, when did we stop believing that the future of our country rests with our children and their education? Now, it's all about the money.
"Likewise, teachers in McAllen, Texas, reported having 50 students in their classes this year, and a Las Vegas kindergarten teacher had 41 kids. According to the National Education Association, there are as many school jobs now as there were in April 2005 -- but 300,000 more students."
So, budget's are decimated; teachers are fired, and classes are bulging. As a result, teaching is less efficient and less personal. That's a logical consequence. Those who deny the negative consequences of large classes have made money a priority of their lives.
"Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate for president, has criticized the president for sending money to the states for such purposes. 'He wants another stimulus. He wants to hire more government workers,' Romney said last month at a press conference. 'He says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers. … It's time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.'"
Last I checked, firemen, policemen, and teachers are American people. Every job is important. Everyone plays a role in our society. Some help build profits more than others, though. Now, I'm not saying that those three professions are more important than others--it just seems that it's become too easy to minimize their importance and pound them with budget cuts.