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  • Dec 18, 2008
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I really feel like there's so much going on revolving around education right now - both good and bad. It's really sad when I see on the news that teachers don't have enough money for PAPER, and have to start "advertising" on the bottom of the sheet to get money so they can print material for the class. And honestly, when people on Wall street are making a bajillion dollars by being greedy and hording money away from the rest of America... why is it that TEACHERS, who probably have one of the toughest jobs that affects the most people gets compensated one of the lowest for the amount time and effort they put in? (doctors also, but I feel their pay is slightly more resembles what someone who contributes so much to society should earn... although I know some doctors just do it for the money..  most teachers on the other do it really to make an impact on the future of the world).

And schools currently in the Bay Area can't even get heating fixed - it's record low temperatures in the Bay Area this year.. they've been boiling beakers consistently so that the steam will keep them SOMEWHAT warmer... that's really not an environment for anybody to be learning in.

Now obviously, I'm not on the state board to plan the budget, nor would I even know where to start when discussing how much money the education system gets/should get, but I guess my point is:

1) I think it's really unfortunate that there are so many kids out there that DO want to learn, but the schools don't have enough money for books, supplies, anything! I mean, there are schools in the Bay Area (San Jose school district) that are thinking of entirely cutting ALL sports programs because they just can't afford to provide an education and activities. ( http://www.ktvu.com/news/18261602/detail.html#- ) I thought it was bad when I was growing up when schools had books in tattered conditions - now.. they're lucky to HAVE enough books for all these overcrowded classrooms.

2) I really admire teachers.  They definitely take money out of their own salary to purchase additional supplies because they care about the students and they're teaching.. FOR the students.  It's really interesting because my friend told me the other day "you know.. when someone says they're a teacher.. you tend to like them. If they say I work for a corporation...you don't get the same 'awww' factor." It's true, being a teacher is probably one of the most selfless careers out there, and that (and they) should be very much appreciated.

3) It also really sucks when there are so many students who want to go to college, and can't afford it due to rising college tuition costs, or cannot get in because of the mass amounts of people applying to much less available spots. And the government doesn't have the money to "open up more spots" by creating more classes, hiring more teachers, getting more equipment etc for colleges, so they raise tuition. So now that tuition is higher, more students can't afford it. So this results in ridiculous amounts of student loans and students who have to work 2 jobs to support themselves through school - and may not get the full benefits or experience of college because they have to juggle so many things at once - and some drop out... and then there are those who won't even apply to start with because why would you want to work 2 jobs and go to school full time when you can another decent day job and not stress out 24/7 AND not end up with thousands and thousands of dollars of student loans?!  It's a vicious cycle!

4) In my personal opinion from what I can see, I don't think education is necessarily lacking or not up to par, but I think schools, students and teachers are making the best of what they have.  If teachers and classrooms were better equipped with materials and books, I would think they would be able to teach more, learn more, and eventually raise test scores... I would feel that students that have supplies and materials and books would be more motivated to learn and get work done, but if they're not feeling an effort from schools or the government - it's a LOT on the teachers to motivate the students to do well.. which when you have overcrowding classrooms of 40+ students to 1 teacher, will not always work well. yes? no? thoughts?

I haven't really commented on education in AMERICA - as this review was really about Education in California I guess...so any posts and ideas and theories or information on education in America would be very interesting!

**Edit**

So I just saw a report on a the news saying that there are two list scenarios of schools in the Contra Costa county to be CLOSED. Only one list will actually be closed but schools such as Kennedy High school are on BOTH lists. Each list has about EIGHT schools. OK, this news is absolutely appalling.... when Wall St and the auto industry is getting bajillion dollar bailouts.. SCHOOLS are being closed?!??!?!?!????!?!??!!!

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