StryderLee 
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Updated on May 29, 2014 at 3:38 PM

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Re: “Still Separate

Huzzah! The students at Open remind us what democracy is all about: critical analysis & committed activism instead of passive acceptance of political sloganeering. From the Mayor on up to the President, we must hold politicians accountable when they say they support education, and this means sufficient funding for teachers and a safe, comfortable environment for learning. BIG PROPS to all the gutsy students at Open helping to keep democracy alive - let's hope our leaders address their concerns.

How can we be so easily distracted by a ball park or other corporate boons when our schools need so much repair and our hard-working, award-winning teachers are underpaid? Check the National Center for Education Statistics, RPS teacher pay is well below the 2012-13 national average of $56,383, and as students have noted, the quality of the physical learning environment is less than ideal. Hmmm...which is more necessary to the future of democracy? A ballpark or public schools? What would TJ say?

Thomas Jefferson was clear that without an educated citizenry, democracy cannot survive.
In a 1786 letter to George Wythe, Jefferson writes:
"I think by far the most important bill in our whole code is that for the diffusion of knowledge among the people. No other sure foundation can be devised, for the preservation of freedom and happiness...and that the tax which will be paid for this purpose is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance."

And we might wonder, who are our potential "kings, priests and nobles?" I'm not sure, but they'd better watch out for the students of Open High!

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Posted by StryderLee on 05/29/2014 at 4:36 PM

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