(De-)funding what we care most about: a major flaw in the US educational system

At the end of the school year, nothing has changed. It is likely to get worse. The current US Secretary of Education and the administration that nominated and approved her in this position will no doubt plunder any progress that the experienced, professional educators of this nation have made possible.

Quixotic Yawp

The end of August introduces another academic year, and articles on education appear in newspapers and magazines for the general public. Most of the articles I read focus on building literacy skills, engaging students, encouraging teacher collaboration, or similar aspects of the daily work of teaching. Recently, an article in the Washington Post caught my attention and prompted me to reflect on my experience over the last twenty years as a professional educator. My initial idealistic belief that our society and culture highly values education and learning has been tempered by my experience; I am mystified that our society does not value education. We allow federal and state legislatures to minimally fund education every year.   Educational funding lacks the necessary dollars for quality education and strips teachers and schools of the resources necessary to provide our youth with the most relevant research based learning experiences. If we as a…

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