Battle of the Rallys

You can tell that things are really bad right now, because just about everyone is pissed off.  And depending on what you are pissed off about, there is a rally for you.  Case in point, thousands of people turned up at the Tea Party yesterday at the State Capital.

Give a hand to the tea party organizers, they put together a great event filled with thousands of angry people rallying against tax increases and the increased spending of the Federal Government.  However, its more than likely their ire is raised with some of the proposals here in Arizona as well.

On the surface, its easy to say, “Wow, this certainly must be the prevailing thought.  I mean, come on, look at all those people.”  And that is when the rally mentality sets in.  Look at this rally for the schools from a couple of months back:

That is another giant crowd of people who probably have a very different view of the current state of Arizona’s economy and its impact on budgets.

Each group will tout their rally as “the people have spoken” when in fact, the people are speaking every day, its just that no one is saying the same thing.  Meanwhile, the legislature is twiddling their thumbs and not sharing with the public what their plans are, probably out of fear of more rallys.

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One Response to “Battle of the Rallys”

  1. Eileen Hubler Says:

    You make a very interesting point here. I think we all want lower taxes, ideally, and most of us want the best possible education for our children. I certainly do want both. My personal opinion is that locally funded, thus locally controlled education brings about the best results. Look at the tiny nation of Singapore, and the world class reputation they have in mathematics. Many of the countries with the highest academic achievement in math and science, such as Singapore, Korea, Hong Kong, Japan and the Czech Republic have to have small, locally controlled educational systems due to the small size of the countries. Or, look at the consistently great results home-schooling families achieve at a very low cost. They usually spend hundreds, not thousands, of dollars per child per year. Whether it be a school, school district, or a family, the more we each feel we are spending “our own” money, the more careful we will be with it, and the more “bang” we will get from each buck. The more we will put our other less tangible resources that our children need so much, like plain old heart and soul, into them. The more ownership we have in the decisions about curriculum and teaching methods, the higher and more appropriate our standards will be. I would love to see our state leaders create a strategy to reward school districts, schools and families who help to decentralize the responsibility for education. Encourage more local control and freedom to customize based on local needs. One small idea is to perhaps offer tax credits for home educators and private school families, as they are already privately giving relief to other taxpayers and (in most cases) boosting academic & all-around educational results in the state considerably. This might allow even more families to pursue these excellent paths. There have to be some other creative ways to restructure the way we finance education. It pains me to see our state accept bailout & “no child left behind” money, and hear talk of going to “global” educational standards. There is no such thing as a free lunch. More money does not automatically equal better education, especially when we view the money as coming from someone else. In the case of the bailout, it will mean less local control of what and how our children are learning, and more of a wrong sense that education is really a job for “someone else.” We need to take more responsibility locally. This will naturally decrease costs, increase accountability, and improve results.

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