I once was arguing with somebody on the internet regarding public education.
This person’s comeback was that public education was an idea of Karl Marx.
Here is a philosophical flaw of that. Every philosophy may seem perfect on paper, but it’s the execution of philosophies which find the flaws.
Take a football play. Every single offensive football play was designed to score a touchdown. Show me one play which does not have an arrow pointing to infinity. The fact is that most football plays do not execute as well as they are drawn up. Truth. Because most plays do not actually score touchdowns.
See how the arrow for the running back does not stop. Nobody draws a philosophy which gets stopped.
So I come to the part of my article where I drop quotes from somebody with whom I agree with philosophically.
The tax which will be paid for the purpose of education is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance.
Know any ignorant people?
Know anybody who is trying to be king?
Know of any nobles (or rich people) trying to take more power?
Know of any religions (CPAC) trying to influence government?
I’m about to get long-winded. If you came here because google accidentally gave you Betsy DeVos instead of Betsy Ross…
Run! And my apologies.
Now that all the fourth graders are out of the room, I can feel free to swear like it’s going out of style.
Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.
It’s my thinking that we have stopped funding the school system appropriately so that we can Make America Ignorant Again. It’s worked.
We pay teachers near poverty wages for going to school five to six years. We entrust them with the future of our children, but have dismissed giving the tools to these people we once did. We have set them to fail. And it should be viewed as an American failure.
We have done this for a couple of reasons.
First, wages have stayed stagnant. Therefore the taxes we collect which fund schools has decreased compared the growth in cost of living. Corporations have fought for better profit and have, therefore, set themselves up as the keepers of the educational gate since they can afford to send their children (and future generations thanks to inherited wealth) to private schools with better teachers.
Second, people don’t believe in the educational system. They have dismissed it as liberal and with an agenda. No agenda. Climate change and evolution is not fiction.
Next, there is this common thinking that anything for profit is better than a socialized system. This isn’t only a conservative idea. See what Clinton did for the prison system. Anybody who is easily influenced by capitalism and those who wish to influence how money gets distributed can influence a politician.
How much money does one have to have to think the only good thing to do with their money is influence elections? That is another blog post. Another time.
Let’s fast forward to Betsy DeVos. She thinks that the public school system should be replaced with a charter school system. Basically, parents should have the choice of the ignorance they will accept for their children. Basically, she thinks that systems that work for profit instead of education work better.
This is less about DeVos and more about what got us here.
The Jefferson quotes above were chosen because that was the vision. We educate the future so they will not be ignorant when they vote. Do not let the elite, the religious, and the monarchs demean the use of education. Do not let them dictate what should be taught and what should not be taught.
We already know that my children never had the same opportunities as Barron Trump has. He will be taken care of every step of the way. Likely not by his father, but he will see many more benefits than my children ever saw.
Education should not work like that. Intelligence and creativity should not be held down. It should be tendered to. It should be allowed to grow as tall is it can. There should never be a financial price tag associated with it.
That is the flaw.
What needs to happen is that we need to pay our educators a salary that doesn’t leave them in poverty or seeking a second job. And I don’t want to hear about this summers off and all that shit. I’m all for eliminating summer vacation. It’s not beneficial. In today’s two income family system, it likely puts more of a strain on families. A strain that was not ever intended.
We need to create a curriculum that is fair. And get text books back into the system. My kids didn’t have text books that they could actually bring home and use for much of their childhood. Seems ridiculous that I should be forced to dig for answers because there wasn’t enough of a budget to buy text books.
By the way, I believe that we need to get back to a one salary per family system. One salary should be a living wage so that there is enough guidance and home education. We have done ourselves a disservice on so many levels by cutting the wages of the average family to the point that the children end up suffering the most.
I enjoyed teaching my kids when they didn’t understand something, but I’ve always been forced to work so many hours it was exhausting at times. But I feel that is the one advantage I offered over the childhood of rich kids. I was there.
Bottom line, as I approach the magic 1,000 words, is that we really should be getting back to internal solutions. Increasing the defense budget by 10% because of the fear that the government and media is peddlling is counterproductive. We need to invest in ourselves. After all, it is our taxes paying for all of it.
We all know Trump isn’t putting anything into the kitty. Why should he get all the breaks?
And, my final point, the intention of a good public education system was intended to keep a guy like Trump out of the White House. It was intended to create a educated voting class which would be able to assess the dangers of certain candidates.
But here we are.
A guy elected on the ignorance of the country and seeking to create more ignorance.
What else will the wealthy do to try and create an advantage?