This Labor Day, let's resolve to change the system that once was needed but is no more. All of our great labors day in and day out aside, our schools and public institutions need the right to put results and effort first.
I'm trying to be sincere when I question TFA. I just can't see its long-term benefits to education and the teaching profession. Even as a short-term stopgap measure in high-needs areas, I think it's doing more harm to teaching than good.
There cannot be many of you out there who believe that everything is just peachy with the current state of affairs. It's just there is a large minority of you who have, in essence, been paid to shut up, sit down, and go away.
For those who would cut funding to the arts through eliminating NPR, PBS, and the NEA, I urge you to think not about the programs that you do not like and instead think of your childhoods, your kids, and grand kids.
Think of the debit fee as an invisible, federal sales tax on everything you buy with a card -- except that you never got to vote on it and may not have even known it existed before it came up in the debate over bank reform.