I would like to start by saying I am a huge proponent of education. Having an informed populace is far more important than several other things we as a nation seem to prioritize. Education allows for innovation, change, growth, and impact. Education is what allowed the US to become one of the biggest players on the world stage, both in good ways, as well as bad. Education is the way to move mountains. It is where the American Dream of a brighter future, the chance to change your circumstances, begins.
Apparently, whatever the HELL this new government is planning, it does not include individuals who are able to think for themselves. Because, you know, critical thinking would apparently ruin them.
Ok, before I go into my rant further, I would like to open by admitting my own educational background, something I see several folks doing on Facebook.
Creswell Elementary School (K-6)
Creswell High School (7th)
Chowan Middle School (7-8)
John A. Holmes High School (9-10)
North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (11-12)
NC State University (BA English)
Texas Tech University (M.Ed. Higher Education)
Arizona State University (M.A. Sociology in Progress)
I also currently work for the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. I am, highly, #productofpublic
(To clarify, this is not meant to denigrate private education. There are many very good private schools and institutions out there as well. The point is merely to note that public vs. private does not mean good vs poor)
Ok, degrees aside, I have spent the past 4 years of my life directly connected to college of education. These are the institutions raising future teachers. They are building educators. And trust me, there is a insurmountable difference between an educator in a subject and an expert. Many experts I have met, those with a Ph.D. behind their name for example, are truly brilliant people. But they have no idea how to adequately impart that knowledge to others. Instead we blame the students lack of understanding.
No, this is why we have teachers. Because teachers do something those experts fail at. They connect the knowledge with students, sometimes dragging the students kicking and screaming, into an area of understanding. They do all of this with multiple students at a time.
I state all of this because of the demoralizing situation we find ourselves in. Betsy DeVos was recently placed as the Secretary of Education. I would like to clarify that Mrs. Devos is less qualified to fill this position than LITERALLY EVERY K-12 Teacher in the US, not to mention every college academic faculty across the US and around 50% of the staff at those same institutions.
So how did she get into the position? This woman who, during her questioning by the Senate, literally could not state that she would uphold the law. She was asked,numerous questions that anyone with even a year spent in public education would at least be able to discuss and her response was along the lines of, “We will have to review that policy.” She couldn’t answer questions about bullying even. I’m not kidding, go watch the videos and footage.
So how did someone who couldn’t even answer a damn question get approved by our senate? Well let’s just say it cost her family quite a bit of money and senators who are more interested in their personal fortunes than the future of the nation.
To top it off, there has been a bill submitted to remove the department of education. Supposedly, the focus of this bill is to return the responsibility for dictating what students learn to the state and local level. This would make sense if states on their own could be trusted to teach facts and proven theories as opposed to
hogwash such as creationism (people actually try to put this forth as a scientific theory, I mean really?!?). Top this off with the fact that there is federal funding being placed in these areas, we know that the truth of the matter has nothing to do with the proper regulation of education, but with whose pockets are being lined. I pity many, not to mention my own institution as I watch this farce that continues to call itself a proper government try to burn us back to the middle ages.
Here is the thing, many are arguing we should respect the president. I heard the same arguments stated when Obama was being attacked. I have no issue respecting the office of the president. It is the person in it who is challenging me. Trump has done nothing yet to build the nation, but has attempted to remove ideas and items which were hard fought for and have been shown to serve us productively when allowed to operate.
When we as a nation somehow elected a man who can’t even keep a company afloat, I thought we had shot ourselves in the foot.
Turns out it was more like we show ourselves in the gut and are slowly dying.