This Is What I Want
D. Kenneth Ross
- week 3
well I can dream, can’t I?
If you have stumbled on this article in the hope of finding something to distract you, and you are, or consider yourself, a liberal in life and in political beliefs, you probably should look further for another distraction.
This article is about me as an individual, and my wants and beliefs as an independent thinker. Someone who is dedicated to an archaic belief that our forefathers intended for each of us to be, as Christians, and strongly religious people of any faith believing in a single God, righteous people with a deep regard for God, family, country and our fellow man. Or even Agnostics and Atheists with the same value base.
Here is what I believe, in no particular order of importance, and without regard to another’s beliefs or with any desire whatsoever to try to persuade you or anyone else to change over to what I believe.
What I am saying here is what, if I had the power to do, I would. Without a care for you or your own personal interests. Let’s talk about education for week 3
I must immediately make an announcement: I do not have the benefit of a formal college education. However, I did go as far as a year and a half of college before I got married and had more pressing things to consider. Right or wrong, I never got back to that part of my life plan.
That said, I was still able to qualify for a real estate broker’s license in two states, an appraisers license in one state, in addition I took extension courses in accounting, any number of continuing education classes in both real estate and real estate appraisal and even now at the young age of seventy-five years and eleven months, I still take whatever courses I might need to help me write more understandably. I have managed to publish two books through traditional style publishers and have two more books currently being considered for publication. I also have an interest in portrait drawing, with charcoals, pastels, and pencil, so I buy manuals to help me understand the techniques to use those materials in my artistic efforts.
My point with all of this is that an education can be had for anyone willing to make the effort to study and read and work to enlighten themselves on any number of subjects. So, like everything else we allow our government to jump in and solve for us, the more we have ourselves to blame for sending kids to colleges and universities and then finding they are being force fed a way of thinking that says they are entitled to an education from the taxpayer. And isn’t it a strange turn of events when we learn that the cost of that education they are supposedly entitled to is going through the roof.
In public school we have teachers who are teaching because it is a great job where benefits are concerned. Their union guarantees them a retirement that will be nearly as much as what they made while actually working, even more if they are smart enough to contribute some of their own money, add to that what is called tenure and you have teachers in places like New York who can’t be fired and are collecting money for going to offices set up for them to go to and do absolutely nothing.
There are any number of stories I could get into but you have more than likely heard them. So what I want is to limit education to those people who want it. Simple, let the states set an agenda for grade school through highschool, all schools have the same courses, the same standards, and equally qualified teachers. From there, if a student wants an education they’ll be happy to compete for it.
What about the poverty areas? They’re entitled to the same thing. If the students need to be bused to a different school district I believe we could make that concession, otherwise let me refer back to week two, good parenting is part of the equation for a good education. It might startle some people to find out that expecting more from some people to be able to help themselves will very often result in things getting better. Neither does it hurt to give the poor the message that the quickest way out of the ghetto is with an education, not a subsidy check.
Oh, and in case you think I don’t know about being poor, think again speedy. And if you think I’m racist, come to one of our family reunions. And some of us are, or were doing great, until this administration, but we find a way to take care of each other when it has to be done. Government programs usually come with a price tag that puts the wrong message out about the people that are forced to take advantage of them, like they’re somehow incapable or too unintelligent to do something for themselves. If you think that message comes from the conservative side of the story you are mistaken.