S.C. Education Establishment Launches Billboard Campaign July 14, 2007Posted by fitsnews in SC Politics.
YES WE’RE PARAPHRASING, BUT NOT BY MUCH
FITSNews – July 14, 2007 – Despite receiving an additional $1 billion in new funding over the past four years, South Carolina’s public schools still rank dead last in the nation in both graduation rates and SAT scores. On top of that, approximately 200,000 children are now trapped in failing or below average schools – 60,000 more children than were trapped just a year ago.
Now … does that sound like a venture that deserves another massive infusion of taxpayer cash to you? Or does it sound instead like a failed monopoly that needs legitimate market-based reforms that give parents a choice for a change?
Not surprisingly, a “coalition of public educators and their supporters” insist that still more money is needed. In launching a new billboard campaign along the I-95 corridor, these defenders of the status quo (and staunch opponents of a parent’s right to choose) are publicly ridiculing the “minimally adequate” education their own system has produced, and demanding more of your money to resolve what they call a “funding issue.”
“Welcome to South Carolina, home of ‘minimally adequate education.’ Fund education equity now!” the billboards scream at passing motorists.
Gee, talk about a positive economic development message. Especially coming from the very folks who specialize in taxing South Carolina businesses back to the Stone Age in order to subsidize their own disastrous, decades-old failure to educate our children.
At least the billboards lie a little bit and call South Carolina’s public education system “minimally adequate.” We non-tourists know that “f*cking pathetic” is probably a more accurate description. That’s because instead of turning our worst-in-the-nation public school system around, the latest billion-dollar investment has only made things worse.
Seriously, we could have spent a billion dollars transporting a bunch of ravenous hyenas from all over the world and turned them loose inside our classrooms and gotten a better return on our investment.
Yet surprise, surprise, the education establishment still thinks it’s a “funding issue.” Of course they do. It’s always going to be a “funding issue” when you talk to the people who are pocketing the funding. And now they’re intent on causing embarassment to our state in order to get their grubby little paws on still more public money … an overt attempt at taxpayer extortion designed to further pad the pockets of the very people who caused the embarassment.
The truth is we could give these status quo nimrods eleventy kabillion dollars over the next four years and our schools would still be the worst in the civilized world.
But that’s just the tip of the irony iceberg. After all, state legislators throwing ungodly sums of new money at a failing system can only be cast as unfeeling villians for so long. Eventually, somebody else has to be the Bogeyman – but who?
Hmmm … let’s see …
“Unfortunately, we have parents who will go to any length to enroll their child in the school of their preference,” Chester County School Board Chairman Denise Lawson said earlier this week.
Yeah, there we go. It’s those crazy parents’ fault – you know, the moms and dads out there working two jobs, trying to afford daycare and health insurance and shelling out thousands in taxes so that the State Department of Education can continue to punch their kids a one-way ticket to a dead-end existence.
Oddly enough, though, there’s a chance these billboards could work. People need to be outraged and embarassed by what’s going on with South Carolina’s public schools.
But they also need to remember that the educrats with their hands out asking for yet another billion dollars are the people who caused (and profited from) the problem, not the people we should ever expect to solve it.