Obama Finds A Teacher who Supports More Money For Schools
The White House has found another school teacher who supports the American Jobs Plan, specifically a bite-size $25 billion "investment in school infrastructure" that Obama chipped off from his half-trillion dollar Jobs Plans so that dim-witted Republicans could comprehend it. The teacher's name is Jeannette and she teaches somewhere in California. The White House blog shows a picture of Jeannette, and while she looks like a very pleasant woman, we aren't given any further specifics. Her last name and school would be helpful. Is she teaching in Watts or Malibu?
Jeannette has this to say: "Our class shares one laptop, and it's not in good shape."
I will take Jeannette's word for this, but it's surprising given that computer companies, state and local governments and charitable foundations have been pushing to get computers into classrooms for decades, and many schools these days have stacks of laptops available. Are there no computers available in Jeannette's school library?
Our room clock is broken because the school can't afford to re-hire the repair person who usually fixes them -- so for a while we all looked at our watches, until I bought one for the classroom. It's a reminder that schools may have basic technology, but how will they maintain it and upgrade it? We're all scratching our heads over how we're going to do that financially.
I agree that one of Jeannette's school's many administrators should be able to requisition a new clock, but "re-hir[ing] the repair person who usually fixes them"? Memo to Jeannette: a Geneva 8101 Wall Clock can be purchased on Amazon for $5.19.
The larger issue is whether the federal government needs to guide students on how to upgrade to the latest technology. It's a rare teenager who can't find a way to access the Internet, whether at a library or on the iPhone in his or her pocket.
Finally Jeannette frets about the future of her three sons who are in grad school studying "mathematics...neck surgery, and...cancer research." Although the federal government has given them loans, she lament that they aren't getting as much assistance from the government as World War II vets did on the GI Bill: "after grad school, they didn't have to look jobs [sic]: the jobs came looking for them." Given their fields of study, Jeannette's sons will probably do just fine without a federal jobs plan that comes looking for neck surgeons to fill neck surgery jobs.