In a NEA Today article by Amanda Litvinov, ‘These Kids Are Just Pawns’: The Rising Toll of Inequitable School Funding, and as stated in the article’s preamble—-Most lawmakers agree that low- income students, like all children, deserve a great public school— until it’s time to pay for it. “Put your money where your month is,” —an old school adage that simply means if you are going to talk up an issue with conviction to do service for good—then put some means monetarily forth to accomplishing that good and not just delivering lip service to win over influential citizens, their financial support and ultimately the votes of their family, friends and neighbors.
Educators, parents and all interested in not just selecting or developing an educational curriculum to be followed, but adequately and even over-funding the one tool and only tool able to resolve, and provide all solutions to the perplexities of daily life and the universe, is the misused, abused and neglected tool of education. We must not allow politicians to present to us a song and a dance during their campaign sprees and stop being so excited about meeting them—instead being poised to ask the questions of first, what have you done for education lately, secondly—why haven’t you done more and third, put what financial support you pledge toward education place it in writing and publish it in all news outlets—local, state and federal. We need to pin these Politicians’ backs to the wall so that they will have to deal with us face to face and since we know we are still a democracy based on if nothing else but our legacy—then when they face us collectively, they face the nation filled of citizens with a cause that must prevail, “Stellar education for the nation.”
The bottom line is that we need more than trickle down funding for education—we need a mighty downpour to rain/reign in a new age in education that recognizes that there will be no finances to be invested on the world markets if the tool of education is left in a state of famine. Maybe a reversal of campaigning is needed whereby politicians enter a political event/rally and they sit down and listen as various issues of the people are presented to them campaign style and the candidates during primaries vote on the issue to back that they know they can be elected—-in other words, the people decide the platforms they want politicians to put forth and they (politicians/candidates) get behind us and we pull them back and forth as needed to keep them on target and in the right places unlike the “jerking process” that has fallen on education mainly because of political strings and twisted ambitions.
Education is the captain of our fates (ship); in discipline style and military order, you consult the captain when you want, need and desire to know WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHY, WHERE and HOW. Knowledge is birth through education and once you have given birth a chance—you can raise it up to wherever your abilities allows it to be in a world now so full of possibilities. With possibilities come requirements to obtain the job, careers and places in life one wants to achieve which is why education in the public schools, for those that economically have no alternative, is crucial to our economy, health, security and social well-being. Education is the tool providing the purpose and plan that is activated by the means of money.
It may seem futile to say, but education does not need excessive legislature to get the job done of educating the nation’s children—-education needs MORE MONEY to finance itself and the more than capable minds in and of education to run it as a Forbes 500 company would be run—only Educators Only, as true educators know that to facilitate that what needs to be done requires an abundance of money, they understand and have the compassion of knowing what it means to learn and that once a person learns or begins to learn and develops their individual process of learning to the point of having their own individual tool of education along with its light to move forth out of the darkness of ignorance and all those hindrances which plague individuals and nations—with full blown education, these things will be no more. Educators know from within that an education is priceless in more ways than monetary means. But on the battlefield that we are on now in Education—-we need money to fight, stand and lead the children in preparation to a future that should appear as a paradise.
We need a breakthrough so powerful in education that without a doubt it will be clear what everyone is to do; until then, we must make politicians and candidates running for political offices accountable for more than just a few school visits on the campaign trail, a small increase in teachers’ salaries, a little funding thrown here and there (as meager as it may be) that principals and superintendents get excited for a few days——education doesn’t need more nickels and dimes, because “change” (in more ways than one) is not what is needed. Education needs mega-dollar bills to let those that teach and administer the education system, be well able to teach and administer the education system of the 21st century with vision of the 22nd century. “Rock education and you rock the world! Rock the world and you take command of the universe!