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Thursday, October 07, 2010

Guest Blog: As a Teacher I Dare Not Envision a Republican in the Governor's Seat

This is a guest blog by Vicki Whitaker, who is a progressive school teacher in Farmington, New Mexico.

As a teacher, I dare not envision the impact of a Republican in the governor's seat. It would entail a free-for-all axing of the education budget.

Everyone in education has taken a paycut this year. We know this will continue for the next couple of years even under the most ideal circumstances. If, however, we allow people who desire privatization of every public service, we'll be in for devastation of current public school programs and we'll see a slashing of educator pay. It would not surprise me to see serious attempts to compromise retirement policies and benefits.

Further, the insinuation of voucher programs will be a mortal blow to public education. Private schools, which may be able to skirt requirements for accepting exceptional students (i.e., special education students or behaviorally challenged students), will be able to cherry pick the children who will attend those schools. The gap between wealth and poverty will continue to grow and our school systems will be among the first to reflect this.

Diane Denish and Brian Colón are the only candidates who hold even a thread of hope that the people (i.e., the extensive breadth of ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity in the state of New Mexico) will be empowered. Failure to elect them will be a green light for predatory capitalism. A Denish and Colon victory, on the other hand, will ensure a green light for green energy development, a green light for humane public programs, a green light for education, and a green light to keep regulations in place for protection of people rather than corporations.

Thanks to all the folks who are working to keep sanity in government.

This is a guest blog by Vicki Whitaker. If you'd like to submit a piece for consideration as a guest blog, contact me by clicking on the Email Me link at the upper left-hand corner of the page.

October 7, 2010 at 08:58 AM in 2010 NM Governor's Race, Brian Colon, Diane Denish, Education, Guest Blogger | Permalink

Comments

I concur. I watched NM in Focus last week on child nutrition and it was revealing to watch the attitude of the right wing on the discussion panel. They actually thought it is somehow acceptable to let our states's children go hungry.
I am currently studying to become a math teacher and I am truly frightened by this path I have chosen. Modern educational philosophy does not square with the far right wing ideal of every man for himself. I am afraid that electing a republican authoritarian governor at this time will set this state so far back that we will never be able to compete for a descent economy and will descend into third world status permanently.

Posted by: qofdisks | Oct 8, 2010 10:56:53 AM