Sunday, December 03, 2006

What I'd Like To See The Dem's Do: Part 1 Education

Education is the very fabric of the future of our country. With that said, I feel it is in the top three things that the Dem's need to fix in this two years leading up to the 2008 Presidential election.

We have lost our way when it comes to teaching our children. I remember being educated on geography and science. I don't see it in my child's curriculum.

I also receive a list of items that we must buy for the whole class to share, and trust me the list isn't short. Two reams of computer paper, snacks for the class, various stationary supplies and Kleenex for all. Where did that education budget go? Not to the kids or the teachers. Superintendents and administrators of local school systems get the loot. Our own superintendent makes about $211,000 a year in salary and benefits.

What we have to come to terms with is that education is the future of our economy, the future of our society and the future of our existence as a free country.

We need to have our legislators work out deals with major computer vendors like Dell and Gateway to supply our schools with up to date technology to teach our children on. I am pretty sure that no computer manufacturer would shy away from an ongoing government contract. Computer technology is a must teach subject for all of our children, not just for the kids who have parents that are a little better off.

Earlier, I mentioned geography and science as subjects that need to be taught to our children. There are more subjects that I don't understand why they are not taught. In middle schools we can begin to teach tolerance, so kids can better accept human beings that are a little bit different then they are used to. In high school we need to teach civics and ethics. These two subjects will better prepare our children to go into the business world and not pull another Enron or the like. All of these subjects should be mandatory curriculum in order to receive federal funding.

Once we get our children through high school we tend to forget about them as a society. We can fix this easily. If we were to make all community colleges four year schools and make them free to in county residents, we can guarantee that our children will go to college. They then have to maintain a "B" average to continue to be eligible for the free schooling.

If we can fund an eighty plus billion dollar war in Iraq, we can certainly fund our children's educations. Education should be "A" number one on the Democratic Congress's list of things to get done.
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