LLOYD DAVID BALL: Elected officials, voters responsible for quality of education

TO THE EDITOR:

I recently read a very well-written composition in the Pioneer focusing on the state of public education in Michigan and within our country. The words I read made a great impression on me, as what many of us are thinking and feeling about the sad state of public education were there in black and white. The ultimate question to be asked is this: Are we really doing what’s best for children?

The economy is poor, unemployment is still high and rarely do we hear positive news of improvement of the financial foundation of our nation. We also are facing a crisis of availability of affordable health care. Our foundation of the assurance of a quality education for all children regardless of their socio-economical status is flawed, cracked and crumbling. A well-rounded education should be available to all children. Health care for all children also should be available. Our nation needs to place children and their health, wellness and education as a No. 1 priority.

That is not the current condition of the state of education here in Michigan, nor in many other states. It is a very sad state of affairs. It is too easy to point fingers and blame government in general. However, elected officials have an incredible obligation to do what’s best and to do what’s right for children! That is definitely not happening at present. As voters, we do have the obligation, as well, to vote for candidates who really will put into action pro-education and pro-health measures. Words mean nothing without the actions to support them. We have a long road ahead of us to re-establish the solid foundation of American education. We need to place the basic needs of our children as priority one. We as a nation owe this to our children!

Lloyd David Ball

Teacher, Morley Stanwood

Community Schools

 

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