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The Learning Curve

Now that we’ve gotten some traction on health care for all (with miles still left to go) it’s time for us to turn our focus to another burning issue in this country – education.

With every round of budget cuts that each county, state and our nation as a whole go through, another bite is taken out of education.

This is happening in a time when we have more and more students going through an already overcrowded and stressed system. And programs that greatly enhance a child’s education including music, art, computer classes and more are getting the ax. The remaining classes are taught by overworked teachers who are barely making a living wage.

“Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.”

– John F. Kennedy

In contrast, our country is spending increasingly large amounts of money on prisons. Does anyone think for a second that these two things aren’t related? This is a disturbing trend and one that needs to be reversed before we start sending our kids from pre-school directly to prison without passing go.

Sure, I’m joking there but unfortunately it’s a little close to the truth for comfort. The best thing we can do for ourselves, our children and our future is to reverse our current budgetary policies and get back to putting our money toward education and especially great teachers and a complete curriculum. Then the prison situation will largely take care of itself.

In the meantime, the skyrocketing prison population is not the only tragic side effect of our poor education system. Social media and the internet are largely text based mediums and they highlight our school’s failures with a plethora of grammatical travesties. Basic things like knowing the differences between there, their and they’re have become too tough for the average American to keep track of. Just so you know, here’s the downlow on that: there is a place, their is something that belongs to them, i.e. their luggage and they’re is the contraction of they are, so it’s referring to something to they are doing. I may be clear on that tidbit, but I am a product of the American school system so believe me, I know I am not beyond reproach either and anyone with the time and inclination can no doubt find plenty of epic grammatical failures in my writing, texting and status updates.

Enough about me, though, what are your grammatical pet peeves? Post in the comments section.

I will leave you with a few quotes from a couple other people who thought education should be valued:

“Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.”

– John F. Kennedy

“He who opens a school door closes a prison.”

– Victor Hugo ( 1802-1885) French poet, dramatist and novelist.

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4 comments on “The Learning Curve

  1. Brava!
    you said it Zena…..btw ending a sentence with ‘At’ drives me off my chair … as in “where you at?”

  2. People that say ‘for all intensive purposes’ really get my goat. It’s just an awful bastardization of ‘for all intent and purpose.’

    Ending sentences with a preposition is also not my favorite, but that one is very tough for people to avoid.

  3. You know what grinds my gears? When people write women when referring to a single woman.

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