Word is: October 2005 Carmel Voice Column
January 1, 1970Carmel Voice Column by Steve Shapiro
Excuse me for immediate admission to bias, for it was my own father who ran the education policy for the state of California by consultancy to the State Assembly. His doctorate was to translate the California state law of ‘Grants In Aid to Education’ from a complicated legal language into understandable interpretation for our state legislature. What it amounts to, in California is that ‘whatever they need, they get.’
Too bad the whole nation is not the same. Not the same in every state?
“While the current administration of the U. S. gives us Head Start, special education needs, more teacher training, No Child Left Behind’,” said our Congressman Sam Farr, “They never gave us the money.”
Of course, Sam was talking about the national programs. Because inside the loop, back east at the nation’s capitol it seems they assumed that California is such a wealthy state and no other state gets what California doesn’t need. Equal opportunity, here don’t you know. Teachers get short changed and have left.
From the mouth of the Jacobin French revolutionary founder of our Lycee school system, Clemments, I remind us of the history of education certainly before my father came with us to California, “Come the end of the [French] Revolution we must educate the people, for after such a brutal upheaval the natural anger can only be tamed by education.”
Word is, our local institution MIIS (the Monterey Institute of International Studies), or as it’s called ‘The Monterey Institute,’ gives us an education that has been able to relieve nuclear arms politics. Now THAT’S taming some powerful anger through education.
To restate what was included in this column, about how teachers get short changed. The idea of Social Security is not a retirement plan, it’s the ensure a stable economic platform for the institution that prints the money. And, that job of teaching is decidedly not subject to government politics, so teachers in the public school system contribute to a pension plan. Social Security retirees have US Treasury remuneration to keep currency in circulation. Teachers working in both private schools, paying into Social Security and public schools have the option to buy into the U. S. Treasury system. While teachers have a retirement plan, theirs is outside the U.S. Treasury and government political system.
Teachers get short changed, because the more money they earn, the more respect they derive from students. What student will listen to a teacher leaning over their desk with poor wardrobe, or bad grooming habits, or driving a crummy car? That takes a little money. At least that’s what the administrators say, so the administrators derive a better salary. Teachers get short changed? Sure, moreover, the administrators are charged with seeking Federal funds for their staff, administrators especially, teachers included?
The problem with California education system has to do with the administrators. They think they deserve more money than the teachers, and they’re the ones responsible for the justification of the education budget. The administrators interfere with curriculum prospectus to vie for national government funds – that they never get – and fail to fulfill accounting practices. There is no complex accounting requirements for a public school administrative credential.
I mean, somebody tells the teachers what they have to teach and in how much time without setting foot inside the classroom!? Read THAT like Wendy Sykes.
They say we’re losing teachers MID TERM, because of lacking resources and broken promises. In Monterey due to input from a group of parents, one parent did the simple accounting to find some five MILLION dollars, the lack of which would have eliminated certain programs essential for large muscle exercise to prevent educated persons looking like pears, and cultural appreciation classes that allow persons to appreciate why they earn an education after all.
How does it figure, we have education programs decidedly to curb anger, outside of politics by legislation, and we the people have citizens amongst us who shoot at rescue vehicles during a national crisis!!!??? Word is, it’s education!
It’s decidedly education and moreover the lack of it. My father Dr. David Shapiro and Clements of France said there’s no price on education for the benefits are too great to calculate. Of course they’re right, it is. Education is not finance, and the public economy feeds an ever growing pyramid in population growth. With an ever more broadening base of communicable citizens, there’s more people to make more money in our consumer society. The more money they make, the more the institution has to provide for them to know what they’re doing. When politicians don’t know how government works, we know education is failing at a policy level.
Where do we go with this, I say to Sam. Congressman Farr looks back to me and the actively interested community and says, “We should look back to when we could leave our front doors unlocked and work back to that . . . for homeland security.”
I write political policy and who wants to publish national, international controversy in a local paper?
We have a Monterey mayor, former football coach, Mayor Albert says, “You have to enjoy it . . . and why not?” Maybe there’s something of local interest that makes it in national politics.
How can a local community not be interested in education?
“Sh! I’m listening.” Dr Steve Baker, former teacher, Professor and now President of the Monterey Institute said during the local town hall meeting they hosted for our 17th District Congressman, the other night.
Word is: It’s education. We all need to learn.
Maybe the deal is, like my father said, “We all need to learn som’in’.”
(Steve Shapiro from the Monterey Peninsula almost 40 years is the Charter President of the Jr. United Nations, an MIIS alumni, writes political policy for governments and history for publication. Shapiro authored “Carmel - A Timeless Place.”)