ImageI was watching the noon newscast of our local NBC station, KGW.  They were reporting on major proposed budget cuts for the Portland public school district.

Sadly, this wasn’t the most surprising part of the story.  What caught me off guard was when they interviewed the district representative who literally said that the district knew these were cuts that would have a negative impact on their kids, but the budget needed to be balanced.  What!? Who? How!?

How do we expect to prepare the next generations for the realities they face, when we continue to provide less and less resources to our educators?  Not only do we send more and more jobs overseas (or at least that is how it appears to me), but we send the jobs to countries that continue to excel in providing extensive education to their residents, further setting us back.

If we continue on this path, I see a future reversal of the current trend.  I see Americans paying to send their children overseas to get their educations.  Soon – if not already – America will become a wasteland of failing schools that don’t seem to give a damn about supporting their teachers.

Now the real question is: what are we going to do about it? And how are we going to get our education system back on track?