If you can read this, thank a teacher.
It’ll be a great day when education gets all the money it wants and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale to buy bombers.
The Native American word for “warrior” is synonymous with “teacher.”
“Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.”
― Walter Cronkite
Maybe you’ve heard one of those quotes. There’s a million education quotes. Why? Because education is important. The more educated a person, the more likely they are to stay out of jail.
I even found this cool online thing (The Common Good Forecaster) that shows you by state and county the impact of education in communities. Go ahead, check out your local community, I’ll wait.
What does education have to do with Blue Collar Workman? Well I consider teachers to be the cornerstone of education; they’re important to blue collar dudes and our kids. Teachers could even be considered to be in the service industry because they sure do a lot for us and sure get underpaid.
Think about it, without teachers, there’d be no lawyers or Wall Street bankers or businessmen or politicians (I might be okay without the politicians, actually). There’d be no reading, no publishing, no internet, no CDC, no airplanes, no cars, no power tools, no corner store with that one kind of cigar I love… all those professions and inventions and things required teachers one way or another!
So what’s the point?
I want to raise a little awareness of what’s going on with teachers in a few states. Teachers are getting really really screwed right now. Especially in New Jersey, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. But they’re getting screwed in the same way in other states, too. It’s just terrible. Here’s a story on it, and more info about one city in particular, and more info about one state in particular.
It’s really really sad what’s going on. They’re taking the teacher’s retirements away, they’re taking away their pensions. I feel so bad for them. They don’t get social security because teachers don’t pay into that system. Money has been removed from their pension funds (which is the teacher’s money! They put it in there!) and used elsewhere by the states. And then the states are basically saying, “F*ck you” and that’s that. The states pulled money out and aren’t putting it back.
Raising taxes or putting more of our tax money towards education would help the problem, but education isn’t exactly something that gets budget increases.
I don’t understand sometimes. Why don’t people care about our teachers? Why can’t people vote to upkeep our schools and pay our teachers? Even in retirement, I’d vote to pay more taxes for school. Every time. None of us would be where we are without teachers.
“The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living differ from the dead.”