Obama’s idea is to invest $30 billion to repair and modernize public schools and community college in his new American Jobs Act. The idea is to get people employed with the construction and modernization. He also proposed another $30 billion to keep the teachers employed. A couple of things are happening here: initial increase in jobs to modernize, an immediate fix for jobs in education, but no future plan for continuing the stimulus in job security long term.
The initial increase in jobs to modernize and repair school will give an immediate boost in jobs and in the economy. Obama’s issues are unemployment rates high and recession. If he passes an Act to stimulate the economy for education reasons, he will also help his political ratings. This is a strategic time for Obama to push efforts to increase due to Presidential Campaign about to reach its peak with the candidates gearing up for the 2012 new election.
What is lost in the numbers is the future plan beyond 2012. To reach the issue of what is wrong with the education system is to reach for the problem. Yes, some of the schools need to be repaired and modernized. The state budgets’ should reflect the education needs for their state. If they need new schools, new equipment, they should get it. But, the teachers need to be able to mentor and teacher the students in the long term.
State funded Virtual Schools are growing and expanding. Why spend $3 billion in one school when you can fund areas of greatest need, with virtual schools equipping teachers with technology for the future in office buildings rather than paint crumbling, rundown but to be remodeled old school buildings exposing workers to asbestos and other toxins, just to keep the schools as the schools have always been. Skip ahead instead of patching, building new modest buildings to accommodate future technologies.