Fridays the LA Progressive features a comment that was particularly noteworthy. This week we are featuring a comment submitted by Joel Price, commenting on “The Future of American Jobs” by Robert Reich. Here’s Joel’s comment:
Once again it is stated by Dr. Reich that education is the best way out of the recession and job loss problems faced by many Americans. This is at a time when states are cutting funding for education causing teacher layoffs, program cuts and an ever increasing sense of unease among parents of school-age children. Technical schools are seeing their enrollments rise as many recognize that their former occupation either no longer exists or exist at a markedly lower pay scale.
The former economic self-sufficiency of a blue collar job that lasted for a working man or woman’s lifetime is gone forever. American workers will either need to be retrained or face years of economic uncertainty and under-employment.
It is past time for the states and the federal government to stop adjusting the deck chairs of the ill-fated Titanic and begin real, substantive and long-term financial investment in education. If you want to keep people ensnared in economic malaise then just maintain the status quo of poor graduation rates among minority and inner-city students, poor health care for children and further cuts in education funding.
Every time you close a school building you open another penal facility. For every child you lose to poverty, drugs and dropout you gain another inmate in a state facility. For every dollar you do not invest in education you invest thirty in the criminal justice system.
The mantra should be educate every child to reach their full potential as productive citizens of a free and democratic country instead of tail em, nail em and jail em.