Education For All As A Right
I offer greetings once again from my part of the world. I also offer a few apologies to those expecting a bit more frequency to my writing over the last month. The decrease was due to the new job that I took at the first of October, and it ended up being an extreme change to my regular writing schedule. Much to my chagrin, it placed my entire life on hold into a two week start without a day off. However, in this particular job, I have some time where I can ponder the world around me. It has recharged a few matters.
I am quite fortunate to have this time off because I am afraid that I might have been swallowed the overwhelming political onslaught that comes with election season. Presidential debates and crazed statements from down ticket candidates would have challenged the constitution of any body in these times. I was able to keep up with my focus, which is policy questions, and I was able to separate the vitriolic statements coming from both sides. It left little doubt on the choice for my vote.
Now I feel that I have spoken many times on the rights of women’s issues including the rights-stripping laws that are being written in the states. The removal of funding to social programs including Planned Parenthood floats in the political ether as if it is a grand solution to the problems of the country. However, such a trend of thinking will do nothing more than strip away the basic help that women desperately need to prevent long-term health issues. In this issue blooms a core belief that dances around the hypocrisy dwelling in the country. That belief is the misleading or denial of information to the public at large.
The strong support that once held this country whole was the proper education for its citizenry. Publicly funded education became the cornerstone that led us to the forefront of advanced nations. It became a tool that brought knowledge and education to those that before never had such a chance. The masses became intelligent people who could participate in the democratic process which remains at the core of our country. No longer did we cling to the bits of information trickled down to us by our feudal overlords, but we rose up and fought for the rights to have a voice. That voice would have held no chance of success if it was not informed to defend itself. With a properly educated voice, an individual has a chance to create a life filled with the pursuit of happiness. The spirit of the United States grew on the people who rose above their station and challenged the world to be a place filled with enlightened citizens.
As public education became available, the shackles of the feudal overlords sloughed off and the average citizen contributed with greater efficiency. Our productivity exploded as the labor forces were skilled and the administrators were able to direct with further competency. We were better as a nation. Now, we are entering a freefall of this structure as it is losing its support. The reasons are given, but it is due to the movement that wishes to turn inward and conserve resources for projects that are beneficial to a few. It is a feeling that no one should benefit from the hard work except those that earned it. The sense of community in a progressive manner is being overshadowed by this movement…and it is killing the soul of America.
With the movements of removing information from the public, our country is losing its way. It comes in the form of diluting the public education system into a privatized system in order for a directed ideology to be taught or from the public having their choices in elections being blocked or blanketed by the oceans of money. We are not some group of simpletons who need to be directed like mindless drones. We should be educated and informed so we can offer a proper support to the government that acts for the people. With such an education, we might be able to bring the corrupt to be accountable for their wrongs to the country.
Reflect on the choices before you in the coming days and don’t just choose because it is what some news outlet tells you. Don’t pick the candidate that is forced on you by some peer or social group. Step into the booth and vote for the one that serve the people and not rule the masses.