EDITORIAL: Bleak future to come from budget cuts


Teachers get a bad rap, and not just from students. Many parents, community members and average Joe’s have had their own experiences with teachers in the past, arguing over bad grades and missed assignments.

But there are many teachers that can be recalled after a 20-year gap in relationship from former, and some present, students.

Many of these teachers deserve special recognition for their commitment to service, but rarely see any. Even more so, many of these individuals also deserve pay raises and benefits that can substantially uphold their families, and they see neither or these either.

Lately, in the media, we have seen a growth in people exercising their rights. From Egypt to Libya and now the United States, citizens have gone to battle with their government for their freedoms and rights, not just as citizens of their country, but also as human beings.

Some have even died for their beliefs, never to see the day when their peers are granted the meager askings they so deserve.

Teachers in Wisconsin have been exercising those civil rights granted to us by our Founding Fathers, asking for the repairing of an $800 million cut in education funding.

And it’s not just the teacher’s who are worried about their positions. With a decrease in instructors in Wisconsin public schools, there will be an increase in classroom size, where one-on-one specialization with students will be lost.

Wisconsin isn’t the only state that is dealing with public school problems. Oklahoma’s own Mid-Del school district presented a vote during their last meeting Feb. 28, where their decision to shut down two elementary schools and an office building set parents into a rage.

Approximately 803 students and 50 instructors will be “moved” according to board officials. Moved where? Well, they’ve yet to figure that one out.

During this time of rearrangement in our school systems, people have been bringing up the subject of deserving. Do teachers deserve benefits that support their whole family? Do teachers deserve more pay for working more than 8 hours a day with students in just a classroom setting?

Who is allowed to make these decisions concerning people’s jobs: the superintendents, school district boards, or the mayor?

Regardless of who is responsible for changing the lives of the people that are responsible the nation’s youth, we need to think back on the instructors who made a difference in our educational career.

Who helped you read your first book in first grade? Who taught you the colors of the rainbow and then asked you to draw one? Who taught you the algebra that you’re destined to use at some point in your life?

We challenge you RSC. Remember who changed your life during your most impressionable years, and then find them. Whether using Facebook, Linked-In, or the good old fashioned Pony Express, thank them for all they did for you; for the nights they missed their own kid’s soccer practice to grade your papers.

It may be the smallest gesture, but it will pack the most impact for it’s recipient.

 

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