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Re: “Gutting Classrooms

Having worked with students during my community college years it is a travesty how we hear the current administration, as well as administrations past, tell us how community colleges are the way to retrain workers, yet little to no stimulus money or any other economic revitalization proposal has included funding for community colleges.  


The fact is Community Colleges are asked to do too much with not enough.  Without a Community College system, where at-risk students can get the services they need to succeed in the classes that most four year universities require, these students would simply fall by the wayside.  Instead of paying for the CC´s to help them gain the skills needed to have a well-paying job, we are paying for them to collect disability, welfare, or for their extended stay at the county jail.  Either way, we will pay.


To not provide teachers with a living wage is deplorable.  I want to teach.  I am good at teaching.  I am called to teach.  I volunteer hundreds of hours a year to tutoring and teaching students of all ages.  Yet I am not sure that I will be able to return to a CC setting to do that if something isn´t done.  I am one of those single moms that Mr. Haeder referred to in his piece.  While it took me 3 years to graduate, without my CC experience I would never be able to succeed with a near 4.0 GPA at the private university I transferred to.  It is an incredibly fast paced program, and I thank all of my instructors for preparing me well.  Yet with all that they imparted on me, I may not be able to do what I am meant to do simply because I will have loans to pay back.  THAT is the true crime that is being committed against the students of all ages in this country; the best and the brightest that want to enter the profession can´t because of the lack of competitive pay.


The time for the praises of the teachers is over, the time to pay them what they are worth and then some is now.


 

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Posted by hollytm on 03/19/2010 at 5:35 PM

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