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Re: “Gutting Classrooms

As a concerned college student, daughter and friend of numerous inspirational teachers, and an advocate for education I would like to ask legislators- Is your priority to strive for a strong future nation? Without educated citizens our future will be bleak. Why cut education?

I am a nanny for an 8th grade school teacher who works with misbegotten youth. She teaches the kids who are too much of a distraction, due to ADD/ADHD, attitudes, or other interpersonal issues, to be in regular classroom settings. Not only does she teach them core classes, she tries to develop them in ways that the rough, hardened, brushed aside students miss at their dinner tables. School for many youth is vital exposure to people who care about them- teachers. Teachers are counselors, coaches, inspirational figures, and heroes. Without a doubt among the people who have made the most positive impact on me are teachers.

School is a place where students can be molded at young ages by their heroes. School is also a place that facilitates independent consciousness, rationalization, tolerance, understanding, personal growth, and strength. I have learned many things within my past four years at college which have made a more functional and socially active member of society. Education germinates true democracy. I am proud of my ability to see different perspectives and compare my situation to others around the world. I am proud to know that the United States has some amazing qualities that other countries do not. I am humbled to know that there are huge problems happening around the world today. My perspective of life has expanded, my satisfaction has been more fulfilled, and my passion for making a difference in this world has been sparked by vital education.

Tuition hikes and laid-off teachers are something that simply should not happen. The lack of respect and investment in our future is a crime that legislation is committing. California spends more money on prisons than higher education? I cannot help to think that some of the future prisoners in that state could be deferred onto a better path of self enlightenment and cultural awakening via education; if only lawmakers and leaders cared enough to stand up for the common youth and adults who are striving for a more fulfilled life. In the long run, if education is further weakened, will the money that once funded the expansions of conscious minds need to be put into more prisons, welfare, and law enforcement agencies? My educated guess is a distressed yes.

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Posted by ElleGee on 03/20/2010 at 5:18 PM

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