It's Tuesday, which means it's time for me to give my "Two Cents"....and like always, I want to thank TuTu for giving me the chance to blow off some steam!!
As I mentioned yesterday, I'd like to talk about the budget situation going on in our schools right now. I'm not sure what is happening in your states, but here in Florida, the state legislatures are making big (no, HUGE) budget cuts in our schools next year. Many teachers will lose their jobs and they are going to cut out many extra activities for the kids-- including music, art & sports.
I am so disgusted and upset by this. I mean seriously, how can they take that stuff away from the kids?? As it is now, they are only given P.E and/or recess 3 days a week. Geez, when I was a kid, we had both P.E and recess EVERY day. If they take those activities away, what will be left for the kids to do?? I guarantee we will see a rise in crime being committed by younger kids, we will see more teenage pregnancies and we will see alot of overweight children... Seriously, this is a huge injustice to our children.
These activities also help children make new friends, learn to be social in big groups and learn new skills that could potentially help them receive college scholarships when they would otherwise not be able to go.
We are personally affected by this because CJ is in band, Ethan is into his art and Joseph is an athlete... so what will happen next year or the next?? Cj has been so excited to get to high school so he could play in the marching band.....but guess what, that might not happen. It sucks!!
I'm really not sure how we fix the budget crisis going on in the schools.... I guess we might have to sacrifice smaller classroom sizes or extra field trips. But I certainly think that taking these type of activities away will only cause more problems in the short & long term!!
I guess I am going to jump on the bandwagon and start writing letters to our State Legislatures....and if you are in the state of Florida, please do the same!! We have to stop this from happening to our children!!