by Tammy Drennan
Imagine states sending out letters like this…
Office of the Governor
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Due to budget restraints and our current economic crisis, the state has been forced to reevaluate the school services it provides. Many citizens are not aware that school costs consume 57% of the state’s budget. While we all want to see children well-educated, it has become necessary to examine and redefine the responsibilities of taxpayers and the specific responsibilities of parents for education and related needs of children.
To that end, here is the new delineation of responsibilities.
The state and local governments will provide the following school services for K-12 students:
- Instruction in reading
- Instruction in language arts
- Instruction in mathematics
- Instruction in science
- Instruction in social studies, history, geography and civics
- Instruction in foreign languages
- High school instruction in public speaking
- College and career guidance for high school students
Parents or guardians will be responsible for the following areas of instruction and services for their children.
- Healthcare and health instruction
- Family planning and management
- Physical education and sports
- Socialization issues, including getting along with others, anger management, etc.
- Instruction in the arts, including art, music, dance, theater, etc.
- Enrichment activities such as field trips
- Instruction in morals, ethics and/or religion
Resources for parents and guardians will be made available on the department of education web site and at public libraries.
Sports facilities at public school locations will be leased per local board of education discretion to individuals, businesses or parent groups. School auditoriums will be made available for nominal fees for arts related activities. Communities and families are encouraged to form committees to explore the use of said facilities.
We thank you for your willingness to take back some of the responsibility for rearing your children in order to help your state avoid bankruptcy.
Note: This is not a real letter sent out by any state, though it is one many states probably wish they could send. It would be a start toward a revival of community and family and a society defined not by politics and special interests but by the people.