Education system is breaking the backs of our families

To the Editor:

The article in the Forum Commentary of the Newport Daily Express under date 2/4/14, by John McClaughry of the prestigious Ethan Allen Institute, entitled EDUCATION SPENDING'S WILD RIDE, captured my attention. For many, many years I have watched this "Wild Ride" soar into the heavens, burgeoning into the crisis we face today. As I used to predict in the 70's!

Furthermore, I appreciate the concise way John presents Dr. Art Woolf and Dick Heaps' report on this complex problem. I wish every Vermont working person, and every unemployed person would read his commentary three (3) times! Every business owner, as well.

DO YOU REALIZE - REALIZE, THAT John is politely stating that our education system is breaking the backs of our families? Our Vermont economy! When he mentions "home owners"...that's us! And if you don't happen to own a house, but rent a home or an apartment, instead, you are still paying for the ballooning education system! The school/education system is the carcass of a dieing, bloated beast. And it will die if they don't strip down to the essentials. It is a leach, sucking the money of the workers and the taxpayers into a vacuum like outer space. I can just picture our money floating around the moon!

Forgive me, but it is difficult for me to imagine so-called educated and intelligent people in their positions of power in these state communities, even wanting to vote in these increases continuously and annually and those who propose them, not to know that they are spending our money unwisely. I believe they knew it to begin with, and know what they have done. As for the average citizen, I think he is so busy he is too tired to think about these things so he votes it in because maybe he feels that is the only thing to do. I wonder how it is to feel that you are the cause of the ruination of what could have been and should have been a streamlined education system tailored to fit the budget of working Vermonters. I think that is what we thought it would be, at its inception. BUT IT SURELY HAS BEEN A "WILD RIDE!" IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. One which I have watched silently for years. These school administrators have spent more and more since the Union School System was instituted.

The "precious little children" have become brazen druggies, needing police to guard the school! Guarding the children from themselves, I presume... I am glad the policeman has a job, but it is costing a tad more of my money that I need to pay my taxes.

For the students who wish to live in an upright manner, being studious, minding curfews, avoiding drugs, etc., we should tolerate the expense. For those who abuse regulations, privileges, drugs, and the like, perhaps schools should institute a different pathway: Help those who can be helped and prohibit entrance into school those who persist in troublesome behavior. Separate the wheat from the chaff. Why should we put money into a dead horse? Either they want to be educated and successful or they later discover their sad mistake.

Perhaps communities should start having regular taxpayer meeting to solve these problems. Parents should become much more involved in these decisions for their children. Oh, but I forgot...they work so hard all day to pay the taxes, and, meet life's other needs, they are too tired to attend meetings at night.

NEVERTHELESS, THE PARENTS SHOULD TELL THE SCHOOL WHAT THEY WANT FOR THEIR CHILD.

NEITHER THE STATE NOR THE SCHOOL SHOULD RULE THE PARENTS OR THE CHILD.

Marian Peduzzi

Newport, Vt.

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