May 31, 2019News
As a 45-year educator serving in various capacities, including classroom teacher, principal, superintendent and finally, college professor, I call upon the public to vote in favor of Proposition EE. It is a small price to pay to maintain a democratic society in which every child has equal rights, including the right to a “free and appropriate” public education.
From a strictly practical perspective, withholding adequate support to educate the young of our society is both shortsighted and illogical. Educated youth grow up to provide an ever-renewing supply of creative and knowledgeable employees capable of sustaining the nation’s institutions and businesses. The purchasing power of an educated work force generates the marketplace revenue needed to sustain a viable economy and contribute to the wellbeing of our society,
From a broader and moral perspective, continuing to educate only some of our nation’s youth while denying others their rights is a violation of our shared humanity. No nation can afford to send forth large numbers of its youth ill-equipped to participate in and contribute to a thriving democracy. No nation can afford to educate only some of its citizens.
History has taught us that we pay now or we pay later, and it is a poor commentary on a society that is more willing to pay to incarcerate a child and, in the process, ruin a life than to pay up front by educating a child to enhance her or his own life while contributing to the common good of our society.