Tuesday, 17 March 2009
by Mama Pig
Today all across the state of California; teachers, parents, and students are silently protesting the pink slips that are being handed out like candy to many of our teachers, administrators, and aides.
Our dear governor has decided that he still has not slashed the education budget enough and is taking another 11.6 billion from K-12 schools alone. That doesn't even get into the higher education budget that has also taken a significant hit.
As a show of support, many districts have designated today "Stand Up for Schools" and asked the students to show their support and wear pink. I am the very proud mom of four of those students (two boys included) that gladly went to school today wearing their pink. I am angry that our schools continue to face these ridiculous cuts while spending is out of control in so many other areas.
I can honestly say that I teared up when I dropped the three oldest off at the middle school and saw nothing but a sea of pink. For all my complaining about this sense of entitlement many of their generation seem to have; they also have a strong sense of what is right and are not afraid to stand up and say something.
While I know this silent protest won't stop the slips from going out; I can look at my children and know that they have learned something from this. Often times you have to stand up for what you believe in and never back down even if the change doesn't immediately take place. Today, I am one proud mother.
Now, as far as Arnold. Why don't you save all those jobs and cut your own salary? We all know that you have made millions from your movies. Can't you see fit to perhaps save our children in much the same way your characters saved people in those movies that made you famous? Use your powers for good instead of evil. Our children deserve better!
Would you join in the Pink Protest?