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Cutting Our Own Throats By Cutting Education

I find myself unable to comprehend the callousness of the Republicans and their Tea Party cohorts. The very fact that they are so willing to impoverish even further those who have nothing in order to protect the wealth of a few Americans grieves me tremendously.  I’ve lived long enough to become part of a society that is beyond my understanding.

Ron Paul made the statement that “education is not a right, it’s a privilege.” Have you tried allowing your child to give up that privilege by not attending school? You will find yourself answering to the local authorities via the Truant Officer and more than likely spend time in front of a judge. Attending school from the age of 6 until the age of 16 is mandatory. In order to comply with the law which requires you to send your child to school, there must be a school to attend. This, of course, requires a building, books and people trained to teach. However, in it’s infinite wisdom, the GOP feels that less money should be set aside to accomplish this. I may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but even I see the future of the United States without education.

Where are we if we can not produce scientists, engineers, doctors or teachers? Who will fill our need for computer software engineers, database administrators or network administrators? Where will our accountants, bankers, and stock brokers come from? How will we compare with other countries in the field of educated professionals without money for education now?

Without quality education we are condemning ourselves to a lifetime of misery. We won’t find underprivileged children in the ghettos of our large cities, nor in the mountains of our coal mining states. There will be a time that we will find them on every block in nearly every city in the United States because there are people running the country who are not thinking about the people, they are lining their own pockets.

Republican Governors in many states in America are granting tax breaks to the rich and balancing their budgets by cutting services to the rest of their residents. All states are battling over extensive cuts in education budgets while they are trying to attract businesses to their states so that they can reduce their jobless rates. By reducing the education budgets they are reducing the quality of the education itself. This in turn will reduce the chances of attracting new businesses to their states.

When a business makes a decision to move to any state, they look at the quality of the available workforce. The availability of low cost energy to operate. They look at the ease with which they can comply with local regulations and in cases where more than one site might be desirable to them, they look at the quality of education. Lowering that standard means lowering the chances of attracting new businesses because it’s not all about the corporate tax rate. It is about the quality of life.

8 Responses to Cutting Our Own Throats By Cutting Education

  1. Butterose March 27, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Mr. Conley, thanks so much for your addition to my post. I’m sorry I haven’t been more responsive, got caught up in having to move my main blog to another site and trying to build it all over again.

  2. Larry Conley March 21, 2011 at 4:10 am

    347 U.S. 483 

    Just when I resume thinking Ron Paul is not a compete cad he comes out with a statement like the one you cite. He used to consider himself a Libertarian. While he still postures as such and takes some libertarian positions, he more and more reveals his fundamentally reactionary nature.

    Unfortunately for Mr. Paul, the Supreme Court of the United States differs and has done so for 57 years. Although I believe the Supreme Court has made some horrible decisions from Dred Scott to Citizens United, they are still the final authority under the Constitution which I am under oath to uphold and defend against all enemies.

    The relevant part of a truly powerful and precisely correct decision is quoted below –

    “Today, education is perhaps the most important function of state and local governments. Compulsory school attendance laws and the great expenditures for education both demonstrate our recognition of the importance of education to our democratic society. It is required in the performance of our most basic public responsibilities, even service in the armed forces. It is the very foundation of good citizenship. Today it is a principal instrument in awakening the child to cultural values, in preparing him for later professional training, and in helping him to adjust normally to his environment. In these days, it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education. Such an opportunity, where the state has undertaken to provide it, is a right which must be made available to all on equal terms.” 
    Decided May 17, 1954 

    Great piece!  Thank you.

    Courage, Truth, Friendship

  3. admin March 9, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Yep…peaceful 😀

  4. Butterose March 9, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    I do have some posts that I’d like to keep online. The music posts went to Blogger quite some time ago, and most of the video’s included in them are no longer available. 😀 Without the videos. the posts don’t make a lot of sense. Never thought of that when I did them.

    John was kind enough to create a Download feature for us to download all of our posts, but I have those on one of those little sticks. I’m so tech challenged at the moment I can’t remember the name of the damn things. Anyway, I will take my favorite posts to save here as drafts so I can republish them again.

    Right now I don’t have a desire for a blog, am quite happy doing the posts here even if they don’t get many comments. I’m actually getting so I like that. Takes up a lot less online time. Who knew? 😉

  5. admin March 9, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    You might also want to move the articles you want to preserve over here…you can save them as drafts until you want to re-publish them.

  6. admin March 9, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Well you’re always welcome to post as much as you’d like 😀 And if you’re interested in having your own blog again sometime I could create you one on TAZ.

  7. Butterose March 9, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Education isn’t what it used to be and I agree that it needs changing. I’m just not sure how to create the change it needs.

    And, you will be getting more posts out of me in the near future. Blogstream is closing down as of April 30. I’m not surprised.

  8. admin March 9, 2011 at 6:10 am

    Education, unfortunately, isn’t what it used to be. The standards have dropped so low that they don’t even ‘ fail ‘ kids up here anymore. Parents have to ‘ request ‘ that their kid get held back. The school board system is so mucked up that if it snows heavily in the City where the board is located every school in that district gets a snow day even if it’s not snowing anywhere else. My kids have missed 7 or 8 days because of snow…when it barely snowed here.

    Our educational system is still regarded as one of the best in the World…but it’s in decline…in decline because of stupidity. The stupidity of those in control of it. I can still, after decades of being out of school, multiply any two double-digit numbers in my head in less than 3 minutes, usually in less than 2, my girls can’t, they need a calculator, or a piece of paper…

    education should teach a person to use their brain first…and utilize tools ( like calculators, computers, etc… ) to ‘ supplement ‘ their education…not be their education.

    IMO 😉

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