Friday, September 17, 2004

You'd Think Parents Would Care

Too many parents don't take enough interest in what's happening in the schools that their children attend. It's been on the news for years that children don't get the decent education that they need to become responsible, intelligent adults. We can't blame it all on gangs and drugs. It's a basic disinterest that plaques the nation.

There is no reason in hell, that the people who are responsible for teaching our children should have to spend money out of their own pockets for basic school supplies. Teachers, for the most part, are dedicated professionals. They have to put up with gangs, drugs, disrespectful students, physical violence, and numerous other issues on a day to day basis. The least we could do is supply them with the tools they need to do their job.

How many other professionals with higher level degrees would put up with this type of crap? Heck, how many lower workers would put up with this? Is your secretary going to run down to the office supply store, on her own time, and pick up the toner she needs to do her job? Probably not, at least not without stopping at the employment office too. Why do we require it of teachers then?

They are understaffed, overworked, underpaid and yet they return year after year to teach YOUR child. They spend the summer going to school to either further their qualifications or learn different teaching techniques, to better not only themselves but YOUR child as well. This is a dedication that few other people, professional or otherwise, exhibit.

It's past time for parents to stand up and make a difference in their child's future. Petition your governments on the local, state and federal levels to improve the quality of our schools. Make sure that teachers are paid a living wage. Last but not least, guarantee that the schools have the financing to supply the needs of YOUR child's education.


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