Education cuts don’t make sensePublished 1:15am Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The budget that was unanimously approved last Wednesday by the Alabama Senate Finance and Taxation–Education Committee causes great concern for all who want to see an overall growth for the state of Alabama.
When we invest wisely in education, we get gargantuan return on our investment by attracting industries that are in turn drawn by the educated work force. When jobs are reasonably created, tax revenue goes up. With increase in revenue, a poorly funded program, which in most cases, leads to inadequacy or non-existence will have a chance to be efficiently funded and thereby result in a better life for all.
As a matter of fact, this could mean better health, better law enforcement, reduced crime, safe drug/food, reduced drug abuse and just an increase in the overall quality of life.
Continuous reduction in funding for public school may not be the wise thing to do. People sometimes go along with a proposition even when their heart is telling them differently. But the truth is that purity of heart and grace on lips draw greatness and royalty.
When it comes to quality education for our children, we must look beyond personal interest or party loyalty. You will never know your worth until you find yourself fighting for what is right regardless of the cost.
The consequences of improper management of education are very detrimental even at the local level. Besides not making Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) and et cetera, a system can score low in Needed Values for Success (NVS). Parents and churches instill values which schools must effectively complement or face consequences like increased dropout rate, massive production of ill-equipped graduates; elevated crime, teen pregnancy, poverty increase, unemployment increase, voting percentages going down, peace getting affected, incarceration going up and the community going down.
Statistics also have it that high school graduates make more money than high school drop outs; college graduates making more than high school graduates. Furthermore, statistics also depict that a one-year growth in the average level of good education in a community translates to 30 percent decrease in the murder rate. Also, a high school dropout is four times more likely to be unemployed than a graduate.
In consideration of the above, and even in the absence of lots of funds from the state or other, I still believe that education is the community’s business. Sustained growth does not manifest in a vacuum. The school board, the superintendents, the faculty may not be able to achieve this by themselves. Businesses, professionals, parents and other leaders should continue to be involved evocatively and by publicly supporting good over evil. We are grateful to those that have helped so far.
The entire community should be involved in ensuring that we maximize our potential in education. When we collectively do this, we complement this African adage, “It takes a cohesive village to raise a child.”