It seems that in America the states have lots of money for building new prisons, but no money for education. I am talking specifically about Oklahoma, but this is true of other states as well. In full disclosure, I am the daughter of a teacher, and I also homeschooled my children from grades 3 to 8. I believe strongly in a good education system where science and math are taught, along with accurate history, literature and the arts. I well-rounded education is a requirement for a good society. I’m not alone in this, since many of our ancestors were also in agreement.
I don’t know if you’ve been paying attention to the various teachers strikes, but they were not only striking for more money (remember, a teacher must have a Bachelors degree in teaching, but also a Master’s Degree – that is six years of college), but they are also striking for newer textbooks (some are over twenty years old), there are not enough books for the number of students, there are leaking roofs, moldy walls and ceilings, exposed wires, broken desks and chairs, no paper, and the list goes on and on.
So, my question is this? How did this happen? Why is education being slowly strangled due to lack of money? As a child I can remember when people who were smart were looked up to. At some point, many parts of society decided to wage a war on education. Being “smart” became less desirable, with put-downs such as “nerd” and “geek” being used. Being a “bookworm” was a negative thing. I wish I knew why education is no longer valued. I do have some thoughts, including the fact that if people are kept from learning deductive reasoning, they may be easier to trick. I’m leaving some links below that I hope you will check out. The videos of the schools are really difficult to watch because they look like third world schools. Please comment on this subject below.