All of us are living in one way or another on a budget these days. Whether you’re a teacher, tutor, student, or parents of students, all are tightening their belts.
President Obama recently passed the Volker rule, which comes at a time when the Supreme Court also passed a law that gave the green light for corporations to enlist lobbyists freely. We live in a free market society, so corporations cannot be limited by their lobbying power.
At the same time, Obama says that banks have earned the incredible distrust of the American people, by speculating with their money, and putting them in jeopardy and loss; which is their right to do with their own money, or that of rich investors, who want to speculate in a high risk market, but they can’t do so with people’s livelihoods, forcing people into compromising positions. While banks make big profits, they play with hard-working American’s money.(Obama’s Volker Rule) (Supreme Court Decision)
Since Scott Brown won in Massachusetts, it sends a clear message that the public is not in favor of big government, but also the majority would concur that the status quo or “business as usual”, with regard to George W. Bush’s policies have left the economy in shambles. (Scott Brown) And speaking of George W. Bush, why is it that the “No Child Left Behind” initiative didn’t have a more positive result on what the present Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, calls a national failed school system?
All of the “me first” attitudes of the now retiring baby boomers, who by the way, own 70% of the nation’s wealth, needs to retract from “grab it and go attitudes” so that the new generation of green, sustainable ideologues have the buoyancy to rise above the status quo of the boomer generation. (Tutoring for green jobs) (Baby boomer stats)
A new wider distribution of wealth should be reformed in this society, so the attitude of me, me is replaced with we, we. Or as they are saying in France, “Oui, oui.” (Teachers protest in Marseilles)
Rising tuition, higher unemployment, and tighter credit, all make for added stress and frustration.
Instead of looking at things with a “gloom and doom” kaleidoscope, educators and tutors have to be less skeptical about the future, allow the changes to take place, and be glad that the education reform is on the table, and people are at least recognizing it and having a discussion.
From that discussion will come change and reform, with a new surge of creativity that will bring the younger generation into a brighter 21st Century; hopefully much brighter than it started out.