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Thank you bonddad for your diaries.  I hope you realize what a great service you are providing by blogging about the facts, figures, and analyses of the government hype versus reality.  And I really mean thank you!

I must explain how I could get so excited over what you are doing.  I am a business education teacher.  Up until two years ago, I was a business education teacher in a public inner-city high school.  There I taught a vocational business program and also taught things like personal finance, which became my mission.

As I am sure you are aware, public education has always been in the position of asking for a hand-out from the public to keep it rolling, but under the Bush Administration the situation has now passed dire and gone directly to pathetic.  Two years ago, all business education was removed from our high school, due to both lack of funds and ultimately due to lack of support by the current White House.

In Ohio, I know that as funds for public schools have diminished, programs such as mine, along with art, music, and career/technical education have been cut so that districts may continue scrambling to meet the unfunded No Child Left Behind (which is leaving civilization behind) standards.  Districts really are now in a bind and I try not to be bitter as I sit at home "smoking cigarettes and watching Captain Kangaroo."  Business used to be taught in every public school in Ohio.  This summer there was one position open for the coming school year in the whole state.

Of course, the real losers are the students.  It was my great honor to bring to them the knowledge that you have to balance your checkbook, that Rent Center may not be the deal you believe, that interest works both ways.  It was my great addiction to see lightbulbs start to turn on over heads and students murmur to one another, "I have to go home and tell my mother this!"  Because upon whom do credit lenders prey the most?  Yes, they prey on us all, but the poor suffer the most because knowledge is power.  MY STUDENTS NEEDED WHAT I KNEW, and ultimately so did their parents.

So, you keep blogging bonddad!  And I will keep blogging and preaching to everyone who will listen because one begins to wonder if it is any accident that programs like business education, along with art and music which stimulate brain function and facilitate learning, are falling by the wayside.  After all, it is easier to lead sheep than bulls.

Originally posted to KLee themedianstrip on Wed Aug 02, 2006 at 06:44 AM PDT.


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  •  Fairfax County, VA (4+ / 0-)
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    sodalis, dazed in pa, Ellicatt, Cronesense

    Hasn't cut back so far as I know, but we have spent an astronomical amount of money to comply.  In a school district that is considered one of the best in the country, I think that's a terrible waste.  I would have much preferred that the money we spent on compliance to have been spent across the river in the DC Public schools, where so much of the infrastructure is in terrible condition.  By all means spend the money on education, but spend it wisely... I guess that would be asking too much of this administration.

    `We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others.'-Will Rogers

    by lcork on Wed Aug 02, 2006 at 06:48:35 AM PDT

  •  Wow, what a tragedy (5+ / 0-)

    I had no idea business education was something on the school crisis chopping block.

    When you consider the practicality of what you are talking about teaching to these kids, and the fact that so many urban kids won't be going on to any farther education, it is unconscionable that we are denying them this smallest chance to learn for themselves facts and skills that could mean the difference between surviving or crashing once they are in the real world.

    The Republican Party: Reinventing government, the same way they reinvented New Orleans

    by QuestionableSanity on Wed Aug 02, 2006 at 06:54:24 AM PDT

  •  No Testing Service Left Behind (5+ / 0-)

    I've heard the same thing from my friends who teach at inner city schools.  From September through May, all resources are devoted to prepping students for their No Child Left Behind exams.  "Luxury" education like the arts is being cancelled, and one person who volunteers to give music lessons for free after school was told not to come into the high school until after testing was over in May.  Even the pro bono work is being rejected.  

    I like how you point out that business education and arts/music training go hand in hand - they are skills for life that sadly don't show up on the tests.

  •  It's a real shame (0+ / 0-)

    When I went to school no one taught basic personal finance.  The ins and outs of credit, how to balance a check book etc.  You were on your own.

    I was a college graduate, but didn't know that you could repay a loan sonner or pay more than was due.  My accountant sister taught me that (I taught her calculus).

    A basic personal finance class should be mandatory in all schools for all kids.  It's no wonder that rich and poor alike are getting trapped by taking on too much credit.

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