As most of you know I grew up outside Chicago. I went to an inner city school. I had teachers that were just there because they were waiting on retirement. Oh sure I had a few good teachers, but for the most part I spent three years just trying to remember what the gang colors were and trying to remember not to wear those colors.
My parents had no choice but to send me to this school. They were working people that were just trying to keep a roof over our head and food on the table.
Not much has changed for my children. I did home schooled my children for a while, and that was fine, but I got burned out. My only other option was to place my children in the public school.
Amber did o.k. She was never into sport's, nor was she the popular one. Amber was one of those students that just got lost in the shuffle.
Ryan is in a special education class and some would say that he is doing great. I however would like to see a more drastic improvement, but I can't hold my breath that long. I am stuck with what the school system provides.
Then there is Nikki. Nikki is my all around American child. Very popular, plays sports, and excels in classes and needs to be pushed to do more. Nikki is now home schooled through a charter school and doing very well.
We are just the average American family just trying to get by, but wanting nothing but the best for our children.
Yet tonight I caught part of the presidential debate and they were talking about education.
I asked myself what do they REALLY know about our educational system. They have the money to buy the best education for their children. I bet none of their children ever went to an inner city school.
So why is that? I know that money talks and with money you can buy anything, even a good education.
There is a prep school not to far from us. All of their students go on to ivy league colleges. I do not have an extra $2,000 a month to send Nikki there, so I am stuck with what the state provides.
Just once I would like to see SOMEONE make some real changes in the way the system works.
I want to see the drug dealers taken off campus and not allowed back. I want the pregnant girls to be sent to another school, because being pregnant should not be a fashion statement. I want to see teachers rewarded for a job well done and fired for when they fail to teach. I want an education to be more important then sports.
Rich or poor we all want the best for our children, however the poor in America can't afford to buy the best education, so we are stuck with what we have.
Tonight I can only hope that SOMEONE will figure something out. America use to be a super power, but I am beginning to question the next generation.
My only hope is that someone does figure something out soon and MAYBE then all of us can have the best education for all of our children.
That is my hope. And hope does float.