Sunday, March 14, 2010

America's Future Is Suffering



America is suffering both economically and academically, and as our government tries to fix our economy at the state level, their proposed budget cuts are causing major problems with schools all over the country. At the college level various majors are being dropped all together, tuition is being raised to unimaginable amounts and classes are being cut across every campus. This trend has even trickled down to the k-12 level as well with physical education classes and music programs becoming ancient history.

I'm really worried about the future of my generation. How is it that we are expected to run the country with the lack of knowledge available to us? There are so many kids out there that would kill to go to college, get an education and find a decent job, but because education is thrown on the back burner every kid in America is screwed.

Just recently Kansas City school officials promised Thursday to shut down nearly half the district's schools by the start of classes in the fall without offering details of how they intend to implement the complicated plan in just a matter of months.

The drastic project also calls for cutting hundreds of jobs and shuffling thousands of students. They have said that the changes are needed to keep the district from using up what little is left of the $2 billion it received as part of a groundbreaking desegregation case.

The school board on Wednesday night narrowly approved the plan that calls for closing 29 of 61 facilities, 26 traditional schools and three leased buildings that house early childhood programs. It also eliminates about 700 of 3,000 jobs and requires moving students from the shuttered buildings to other schools.

And last Thursday, hundreds of faculty and students voiced their concerns about their education in a California March 4th Statewide day of action. It was the result of the culmination of frustrations, lost opportunities, and consequences felt by the people of California due to the misprioritization of our government and the lack of resources into our education system.

This issue really does affect EVERYONE, from the older generation who will have to rely on my generation to run the country, to the generation that will come after us who we will have to teach and provide for as well. It just really sucks that our country has to come to this point. I just hope people are listening out there and that they will do something about it, and quickly.

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