This will not be a heartwarming post.
We got the school newsletter today and guess what? More proposed budget cuts! What a fan-freaking-tastic idea!
Yes! PLEASE make the class sizes bigger! One teacher to 30+ students is a great idea...very conducive to a learning environment.
Next, lets reduce the teachers' pay! What a great idea. That ought to lower the teachers' drive to succeed and patience for the kids, to a point where I fear for my children's education (MORE)...and lives.
After that (and my personal favorite), cutting funds for school supplies. Really? Do we even have a budget for school supplies? As it stands, I, the parent, already supply antibacterial wipes, paper towels, glue sticks, hand sanitizer, crayons, scissors, colored pencils, notebooks, pencils and the thousands of things needed during the school year for projects. I'm waiting for the note to be sent home, saying that we need to start supplying the toilet paper, too!
Lastly, no more field trips. Even if our local PTA pays for the entire trip...no trip. That wouldn't be fair to schools that don't have a supportive PTA. We definitely don't want to encourage learning outside the classroom...what a bad idea.
Alright, so in case you haven't paid attention...here is the generation we are currently raising in this country...economy sucks, so more and more parents are out of work, thus creating a stressful environment at home. Economy sucks, so school will consist of too many kids in an already overcrowded classroom, with a pissed off and stressed out teacher, no supplies to do their work and no hope of learning outside those four walls. Economy sucks and when this generation reaches higher learning, the costs will be so outrageous (much like now) and chances of scholarships/grants so low, that many won't obtain a degree. Economy sucks, so even the children that find a way to go through school and graduate with a degree (and $50,000+ in student loans)...they STILL won't be able to get a job.
Except..."Would you like fries with that?"