Published: Thursday, May 31 2012 5:02 p.m. MDT
I am very proud of Mitt Romney for suggesting that we breach the walls of
educational inequality. Utah, compared to most states, funds districts from
rich and poor areas quite equitably. We still have a way to go. It is not fair
to give children from poor families less opportunity than children from rich
families. Indeed, because of the higher costs of special education, children
from poor areas need more than the average funding. Any other method breeds a
class system and is destined to accelerate the pace of inequality which
threatens our nation's stability.
Well, it would be good if the Republicans realize that without the Democrats top
tier special interest groups, e.g. Teachers Unions, telling them what to think,
that with a little thought, it is easy to be more to the left than the
Democrats.Go out and come up with policies that will actually help
the people that the Democrats talk about helping.
A policy that will actually help education must include making the teaching
profession desirable and respectable again. Complaints about teacher unions are
thinly veiled attacks on the teachers themselves.Send money to Wall
Street so they can "reinvest" in creating jobs? How has that been
working out?Let's invest in children, our future.
This Romney proposal should be no surprise. It is just one more right wing step
to see that public schools are eliminated. With Romney's
"benevolent" plan public schools will lose students and eventually
their public support. Then they are gone and replaced with What? You got it!
Private schools that will eventually monopolize K-1 to K-12 education and then
raise costs in the name of maximizing profit and reinforcing a wealth based
class system. Then who will be able to afford a basic education, and who will
be priced out? Well,It won't be Romney's class will it.
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