|Forum topic by HorizontalMike||posted 03-12-2012 02:18 AM||2480 views||0 times favorited||55 replies|
03-12-2012 02:18 AM
It is no surprise that education springs to the front of issues every time another election cycle comes up in America. The propaganda flies and folks start complaining about their teachers back in high school. Of course it is always THAT teacher’s fault that Bubba didn’t learn, didn’t do homework, didn’t attend school, etc. nor end becoming President or a millionaire, or some such story. It is never the students fault, never the parent’s fault, but always the school’s fault or the government’s fault. How convenient, and how incorrect…
Do you ever wonder why the GOP always wants to cut education funding and the Democrats are always trying to expand education funding? The proof is in the pudding and an educated populace tends to vote more progressive (Democrat). So if you ever wondered why the GOP wants to cut funding for public education, now you know. Sure, the GOP will try to sell “state’s rights” and corporate “charter schools” as a better alternative. Test scores prove them wrong. But if the GOP can confuse the issue then funding suffers and more importantly education suffers. Poorly informed voters are republican’s best friend.
BOTTOM LINE: The GOP is threatened by an educated public that can vote.
Some things to consider:
House GOP Seeks to Cut Aid for Literacy, STEM Education
Proof Progressive States Are Better Educated Than Right Wing States
Average progressive blue state Smart State ranking: 19
Republicans and the Poor
But they really care about rich people. So far, the policy agenda they’ve pushed has been a mixture of very expensive tax cuts for the very wealthy and very deep cuts to a lot of programs that focus on the very poor…
....Now they’ve moved onto deficit reduction, or at least spending cuts, and their priorities in the 2011 budget are telling. Their cuts are coming from non-defense discretionary spending. That’s a category of spending, as you can see here, that tends to focus on services to the poor, the jobless and children. Among other cuts, they’ve proposed slicing more than $1 billion off Head Start, $1.1 billion off the Public Housing Capital Fund, $752 million from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, and $5.7 billion from Pell Grants. I could, of course, go on. Democrats have tried to widen the cuts out to other categories so their impact falls less heavily on the disadvantaged, but so far, Republicans have refused. If we’re going to cut spending, we’re going to do it on the backs of the poor.In other words, congressional Republicans don’t care about poor people…
GOP now defining itself on education
Barbour, like most Mississippi governors, certainly understood the importance of education to the state’s economic and social health. Unlike most of the governors before him, however, it never appeared to be a passionate priority. Politically, public education supporters are a strong force, however, and he abided them.
However, when it got to specific acts, his proposals to reduce education funding – in a state among the lowest in public education support – were met with strong opposition, to the point his solid Republican legislative support began to falter.
When it became clear that he was getting defined as hostile to public education, he would back down.
The zeal of the new Republican leadership in the House and Senate to take dramatic actions on education early on is taking them – and perceptions of the GOP – to that precipice again.
The charter school debate going on in the Legislature is a sea change step. It is more than jut about charter schools. While charter schools could be a positive part of the education mix, the radical approaches being pushed by GOP leaders are potentially harmful on several levels.
The idea that top state policy makers are taking a position that parents must go around the educational leadership of the state and their local communities for educational improvement is troubling. (Remember when the creation of the state lay Board of Education was a heralded reform?)
What is more troubling is a growing perception of hostility to public education by state GOP leaders. This is coupled with the even greater problem of Gov. Phil Bryant’s proposed budget that calls for education cuts. Then there are the truly looney political pandering proposals regarding such things as school prayer and telling teachers how to teach history to protect students from nasty liberal ideas.
-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."