I don’t think we have our priorities straight in this country. The government is too quick to evade its responsibilities and scapegoat the treasury. Responsibilities like educating your children and protecting your storefront from crime. We supposedly can’t do these things because the country is broke.
But when real big money is involved? When millions are tossed around for big-time projects? Well, time and again the government seems more than happy to empty the coffers. Why do you suppose this is? It sure is hard to keep track of government wastage and where all that money goes when we have no Freedom of Information Act.
Before we go any further we need to remember that our government is supposed to answer to us. We pay the bills. We elect them. They work for us.
We don’t have our priorities right. And it makes all of us hypocrites. Hypocrite. It’s an ugly word. But what else can we be when we assert to our kids that education is valuable and stress the importance of school? Because the state of Education in our country does not reflect what we tell them. The country doesn’t seem to care. Why should students?
We don’t have the money for bigger classrooms or more teachers? Sure we do. But obviously it is not a priority. So let’s continue to overcrowd our campuses and neglect the next generation.
We don’t have the money to keep the classrooms clean or establish extracurricular activities? Sure we do. But let’s build a new freight terminal instead. The kids can breathe mold for another few years and join gangs instead of clubs.
Our public schools should be shining examples of our culture. Great equalizers of opportunity. And powerful drivers of our future. Do any of you reading honestly believe that about the institutions we have currently?
Are they our country’s priority?
So think again if we’re not hypocrites when we tell our sons and daughters that school is important while they face the reality of the system.
Let me take a moment and make something clear. There are teachers, principals, janitors and Min. of Education workers that are hardworking, incredible assets and deserve every ounce of respect. Heroes in every sense of the word. But this is about honesty for the sake of our future. They aren’t given the tools they need. And we aren’t raising a large enough fuss.
Did you know there are schools on Abaco that do not have a math teacher?
Priorities: education isn’t one.