Education Cuts Should be Off the Table (2/23/10)
Given Kentucky's woeful national education ranking, it's hard to believe we'd want to handicap ourselves even more. But that's exactly what the state's lawmakers are attempting with their proposal to trim expenses by cutting two days from the school year.
Are they kidding? With Kentucky consistently ranking anywhere from below average to way below average in virtually every educational category, shouldn't we be devoting every penny possible to improving our status?
I know there are obstacles to quality education aside from financial ones. But for all our big talk about education's importance, the sad truth is this state simply doesn't value it all that much. Too many Kentuckians don't respect it, and many actually resent anyone who has a decent education.
Deplorably, Kentucky has justifiably earned a national reputation for not only producing more than its share of morons, but also for being content with that distinction. So now we want to reduce learning time even more? Could we give a clearer signal that we really regard schools as nothing more than good places to play basketball?
Surely there's plenty of waste in the state budget we should be cutting before dumbing ourselves down even more. And if not, then it's time our legislators got to work finding some new revenue streams.
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I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.