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Reinvention Rehab

Gov. Snyder’s broken education promises on the future generation

by Published: Mar 23, 2011

Education is the act of prepar­ing one­self for an intel­lec­tu­ally mature life, yet this may not hap­pen for the stu­dents in Michigan.

“We can’t just fix it, we have to rein­vent Michigan,” stated Rick Synder in his cam­paign for Governor. Does rein­ven­tion mean to cut edu­ca­tion where there will be no edu­cat­ing anymore?

The pro­posal Snyder made could cut about $960 mil­lion from the K-12 state’s bud­get from the $18 bil­lion spent to oper­ate the school dis­tricts. How does the gov­ern­ment think pub­lic school dis­tricts or col­lege stu­dents will sur­vive with more bud­get cuts? Public schools have already seen too many deficits in the past years. These cuts are hin­der­ing the valu­able knowl­edge that chil­dren K-12 need.

In the Cadillac News, Superintendent Liabenow of the Cadillac school dis­trict stated, “If we don’t have a solid foun­da­tion in pub­lic edu­ca­tion, we will lose our posi­tion in the world econ­omy, face increased national secu­rity con­cerns, and our qual­ity of life and stan­dard of liv­ing will change for the worse.”

Our futures, includ­ing mine, will not have the resources needed to be suc­cess­ful in our econ­omy. If there is no money to pay for the edu­ca­tor there will be no edu­ca­tion for the students.

I don’t believe edu­ca­tion needs to be cut so much. When I was in a small town high school we had enough to get by. We didn’t have a swim­ming pool, ten­nis club, or an audi­to­rium, but those aren’t neces­si­ties. What is a neces­sity is hav­ing an art class, band class, and other extracur­ric­u­lar activ­i­ties like sports.

These are the type of classes that are nec­es­sary along with the basics: English, math, sci­ence, and social stud­ies. In school we learn who we are and where we are going. This con­tin­ues in col­lege, but the base is in our early education.

We need the mate­ri­als to explore dif­fer­ent medi­ums. I would not be who I am today if I had never got­ten involved in band or played some sports. We learn how to be socially ade­quate and com­pet­i­tive through these sources.

These pro­posal bud­gets need to go back or in “rehab.” How can the gov­ern­ment con­trol what our future entails? How do they think they have the right to cut our education?

School dis­tricts are look­ing at over a mil­lion dol­lars they need to cut. Where they will find this money? These schools being able to make rea­son­able cuts is highly unlikely. Reality would be to cut all band, ath­let­ics, all non-mandatory bus­ing, and all coun­sel­ing ser­vices, but that is not reasonable.

With more cuts in edu­ca­tion, the chil­dren will lose oppor­tu­ni­ties we once had. My gen­er­a­tion is the future of tomor­row, and with­out the oppor­tu­ni­ties of yes­ter­day we will not be able to have an intel­lec­tual mature life. We will be inad­e­quate to the world. n