Men, women, and children.
How many times have you heard these four words uttered one right after the other in political speeches? Likely more times than you can count.
They’re usually intertwined in speeches in which governments need support for its overarching views, such as wars and controversial public policy stances.
Within the past month, Kentucky public school employees effectively pushed for higher pay
Keep that aforementioned four-word statement in mind throughout this article.
While non-traditional forms of schooling are arguably more effective than the standard system of public education here in the United States, compulsory schooling with standardized curriculum and state-mandated tests are certainly better than no schooling at all.
As a matter of fact, just about everybody with half a brain considers public education to be the backbone of modern societies around planet Earth.
Quality schooling has – this goes without saying, at least to most people – been shown to have a collective wealth of benefits, as compared to students schooled by low-income, poorly-managed schools.
With this knowledge in mind, why are public school teachers paid so little in most regions throughout the United States? It doesn’t make sense to pay teachers with up to six years of college schooling less than what people who’ve never went to college can make working objectively less-demanding jobs.
Kentucky’s state government wasn’t budging, at least not without a statewide protest
Led by Matt Bevin, Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the majority of fellow state government officials had agreed to cut a whopping $40 billion from its budgets. Where was that money supposed to go?
To teachers nearing the end of their careers, or those who had already retired – that’s right, to pension-holders who served the state of Kentucky’s many children and communities with decades of collective efforts to help chlidren learn more.
Had the Commonwealth of Kentucky agreed to cut out that source of pension funding, it certainly wouldn’t have been able to attract top-notch teachers to its schools, as they’d lkely be scared of year-on-year low pay that school systems in most states around the nation could blow out of the proverbial water.
On Friday, April 13, 2018, Matt Bevin shared with news reports that, “I guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky today a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them.”
Yes, that is, in fact, what the chief executive officer of Kentucky, Governor Matt Bevin, had shared on Friday.
He’s sinced apologized for his behavior.