Well, Preston, we were in agreement with you (which had us in shock, and wondering when the other shoe was going to drop), right up until your claim that public education has just been demanding money, but no solutions. False, sir, just false.
Turns out the other shoe dropped at 2:45 in the video. We’ve asked for either getting rid of unfunded or underfunded mandates, especially those that do harm to students and teachers. We’ve made suggestions on bringing in recurring revenue to help fund public education. These have been largely ignored. There was even recently an #oklaed chat that teachers, administrators, parents, and students made suggestions for our legislators on ways to improve things for public education. Guess that went unnoticed as well. Here’s the link if you’re interested, Preston.
And just what ‘status quo’ is it that the ‘education establishment’ is trying to maintain? Is it being ranked at the bottom for per pupil spending and teacher pay? Yep, you’re right. Our bad. It is pretty sick of us. Oh, no, wait a minute, that would be our legislature.
We are in agreement about one thing, Preston. Things aren’t sustainable as they are. So, since the Republican-controlled legislature has been in charge of things for awhile now, and things have gotten worse under their rule, perhaps they should be reflecting on what they’ve been doing over, and over, and over again, with abysmal results. And change things now!
“What we are doing is not sustainable”
We’re not the only ones who think you’ve thrown a shoe. Retired educator (with 39 years experience) and public school advocate Claudia Swisher made her position clear:
Member of the “Education Establishment” Responds
I reject the Secretary’s assessment. 39 years taught me what really matters. I believe in my profession, and in the educators who show up – every day – to teach.
For the record, we note that at 2:45 in the above video, Doerflinger states that the “education establishment’s” sole answer to their woes shouldn’t just be “we need more money.” The problem is: Needing more money IS the problem. If people are starving, the answer is not to ask them to come up with a plan for creating a more efficient pantry. You feed them!