I visited a private school this week. Wow! It was a wonderland of small classes and more resources than even I could dream about! What an amazing place. Then I thought, why don’t ALL kids have these opportunities in school. Most kids in public schools sit in over-crowded classrooms, my son included. It’s time to re-evaluate our priorities.
The U.S. government spends only 3% of its budget on education and 16% on defense.* If we switched that and spent more on education, we would have a tremendous “win-win” situation for our country. Investing in education would start with training and hiring of more teachers, building more schools, and developing greater resources for different types of learning because not all kids learn the same way. I don’t see a down side to this. If we invested significantly more money in education, ALL our children would have equal opportunities in the classroom to become an extremely well educated workforce that contributes to society.
In fact, educating generations of smart adults might even bring to our government, a staff who understands history, culture and diplomacy, and has learned from our past mistakes of going to war where no one wins and everyone loses. Think about it: education is the only way forward and everyone deserves that right! Talk to your state and county officials and let’s demand more dollars to educate our kids! Let’s start a movement that would ultimately make its way to the upper echelons of the government budgetary process to shift greater amounts of resources toward education. Education should be a priority for a brighter global future!
Carolina Olivieri, Feb. 24, 2017
*Source: 2015 figures from the Office of Management and Budget, FY 2017 Historical Tables