If there was as much money being deposited into the U.S school systems as there is in the race for governor of California, our kids would have a much brighter educational future.
One governor hopeful is promising to spend $150 MILLION of her own money. The other, just as much in donations to her cause to become the almighty Governor of CA.
It amazes me how people can come up with all this cash to put in the pockets of politicians but for something as important as education, they become tightwads.
Our future is at stake. Our children will be the future leaders, doctors, lawyers, teachers, businessmen. They are the ones who are going to have to clean up the mess. Which, the disarray our country is in, it seems to mirror the BP oil spill debacle. It seems unfixable right now. But anywhoo…
It seems so incredibly backwards, selfish and screwy to me.
It’s a shame. This is what our children are inheriting. They’ll need to be highly educated…obviously in Europe or somewhere because our education is being flushed down the crapper…to get us out of the mess that their predecessors have handed over to them on a paper plate. Because that is all that they could afford.
Which leads me to my husband’s school district. Hazel Park, Michigan. Home of the most nepotistic school system.
The only way to get ahead there has nothing to do with one’s degree, experience, job performance and qualification. In fact, none of those matter when you work in the Hazel Park School District.
What matters is…if you are a GOOD OLD BOY. If you are from Hazel Park, have family in Hazel Park that works in the administration building. If you have a spouse who teaches in Hazel Park but also grew up there. You are golden.
Oh yes, they go through the preliminary interviewing process. But really? It is a waste because their boys…or girls…are already in place, smiling smugly in a corner until they are told they can come out with their new title. Vice Head Schmuck. Head Schmuck. Assistant Head Schmuck. Etc…
And no one does or says a damn thing about it. Well, one person does. But, I won’t mention names for fear of causing a bit of a ripple effect.
As an outsider, it’s so frustrating and disgusting to watch this corruption go on overlooked. To see highly qualified teachers who apply to be administrators get passed over because of the wrong last name.
It’s blatantly obvious. And I can only hope that it comes back and kicks them in the asses.
And don’t EVEN get me started on the crap the district administrators pulled with getting 10 higher ups to resign before a certain deadline so that they could collect their early retirement bonus AND THEN get hired back on contract.
All in the guise that they are saving the district money.
How so? I’m not a numbers girl but that didn’t save the district money. OH, excuse me…it saved on health insurance. But I have a funny feeling that SOMEHOW, they’ll be getting that taken care of, too.
Corruption and waste on so many levels. If I believed in Hell, I can almost guarantee that all these people will be going there. Bad. BAD. People.
And who says Mommy Bloggers can’t solve the problems of the world, one post at a time? Well, maybe not but venting sure as heck makes it a little better in my world.