Imagine what the world would be like without teachers…we would probably not have developed the ability to imagine. Imagination is a human trait, yes. However, it is nurtured by, expanded and developed under the tutelage of teachers. Yet the “new math” is to reduce teacher’s salaries, cut school hours, expand class size, forgo budgeting for the repairs to the infrastructure…and the list goes on…
When my children were in grade school at Bonita Canyon elementary, U. C. Irvine had a program for children called Saturdays for Science in which the heads of each of the science departments (physics, biology, chemistry, etc.) would conduct a class in an auditorium filled with kids of all ages. This was an inspiration for many children (including my own) who had the opportunity to hear lectures by Nobel Prize Laureates. As a result, my kids were all the more excited to participate in the annual Science Fairs in the Irvine Unified School District.
However, even at that time, science funds were being cut and involved parents volunteered to hold fundraisers in order to keep the science program up and running at the elementary school level.
Today, it has become a well-known fact that because of cutbacks at the federal and state levels, we are falling behind in the core programs–math, science, engineering, and internet technology, that will impact our ability to compete in the global economy in the future. We must not only respect the right of teachers to be properly compensated, but we must provide the funding necessary to keep our nation in the forefront of innovation, exploration, and, yes, imagination.
Let’s all resolve to celebrate teachers’ devotion to their craft and compensate them for their dedication to the teaching of our future leaders of America.
“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” ― Albert Einstein