As I was reading one of my 10 million magazines, I came across a letter from the editor. In it she was waxing poetic about the home in which she reared her children. Then she started to list all the reasons why, as an empty nester, that she should sell. Her biggest point? That her children no longer went to public schools so why should she pay school tax? I was so shocked. Then I was IMMEDIATELY mad. I sputtered, I stomped, I seriously considered writing.
Then I realized that it wouldn’t matter. No one will print a letter from a teacher about the importance of supporting schools well past your children’s attendance. It would look self-serving. After all, the only reason “teachers’ unions” care about money is so that teachers can get a raise. Right?
Wrong! The reason school taxes should continue to be paid is that, while YOUR child has finished, other children have not. These children, as is so quaintly pointed out in some other magazine, “are our future.” I agree. They are. However, in order to give them equal or BETTER education than previous years, there still needs to be a tax base to pay for that societal luxury. As a society that has our children recite “with liberty and justice for all” and has a founding father stating the importance of the “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”, we need to uphold these beliefs and rights. We need to do the RIGHT thing.
I believe in a free society. I believe that education is a key component in helping students learn to think, analyze, and innovate. However, in order to do that I need resources. Resources which come from school taxes. Not platitudes about schools or questions about failure. Good old-fashioned infusion of money.
Now, how the money is spent is another post.