First off, education is not a privilege. Education is something that is to be thought of as a right, a requirement, and a necessity. Education is something that we owe to children and adults for success both today and tomorrow. When you deny the right to access education, you are denying the right to live freely from subjugation, the right to enjoy both emotional and financial prosperity; denying education is denying the right to speak. However, that is what presidential hopeful Mitt Romney drives for…
After reading Mitt Romney’s white paper on education, after the sixth page I became alarmed, after the 10th page I became scared, by time I got to the 17th page I was downright terrified. In Romney’s dream for education in America, he pays no respect to the obvious, drives for generic choice, increased standardization, decreased regulation, and deliberate undermining of unionization and teacher professionalization. He dreams of an educational system where he calls for reform and goes toward deform in the way that he actively blames teachers for educational inequalities and works to defund public education. In his mind, teachers are the sole reason that education is failing students, unions are the active perpetuators in academic failure, and the only way to combat this is to reduce funding for education thus reducing the reach and capacity of the educational system, increase efficiency, and take on models like KIPP at the national level.
However, one who understands the shortfalls of the educational system would understand that in order to combat educational inequity and inequality is to combat poverty, the school to prison pipeline, and the school desk to welfare pipeline. In order to offer effective reforms for education we need to offer support to combat every one of these issues and the many sub-issues that lie within these issues. Duplicating a system on a national level that is known to discriminate and offering a system, which undermines progress and threatens innovation is beyond detrimental.
Public education is indeed in need of a comeback but this is not a comeback. This continuous attack on public education, its students, and its educators is quite the opposite. This is something that we cannot continue to cultivate because it is beyond detrimental to the success of tomorrows children. If we want to address educational inequity and inequality in America, we must do what is right and stop pandering to what is wrong.