The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

We Need More Teachers, Not Less!

Oct 25, 2010

State and local governments cut jobs in September at the fastest rate in 30 years. 76,000 local jobs were cut, plus 7,000 state jobs, leaving 83,000 more workers without a job. The vast majority – 72,700 – were cuts in education, mostly teachers.

We all know what this leads to: Bigger class sizes and cuts in athletics, art and music. The Toledo, Ohio school district even fired crossing guards and reduced bus service.

What a dumb policy carried out by local and state government officials and justified by federal officials under various “reforms.” What a crazy disregard of the more than 70,000 teachers ready, willing and immediately able to teach. What a crazy disregard for children ready, willing and able to learn. And even for those who aren’t yet able, what a difference a class size of 15 with a good teacher could make!