I’ve decided not to let my eight-year-old son listen to or read the news anymore because politicians say such stupid things it may impact my kid’s future. The latest comes from Pennsylvania’s governor and this one was a doozy.
Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Corbett wants teachers to stop educating themselves. Turns out teachers in that state get pay raises when they get a master’s degree and the Gov. wants to put an end to that. We all know states have major budget woes, but instead of just saying Pennsylvania doesn’t have the money for the raises, his office is claiming such degrees may be worthless.
WHYY, my local public radio station, reported this morning that “Corbett’s budget secretary, Charles Zogby, argued advanced degrees don’t automatically make someone a better teacher.”
OK, my son was listening to this while eating his french toast. I always have the radio on because I want to catch up on the news, and I figure it helps the kids learn something. But this morning I had to rethink my strategy. You see, my son doesn’t really love school that much. He’s a good student but he doesn’t have as much fun in school as he does playing with friends, or playing video games, or playing with his Legos. So, he goes to school reluctantly and is always asking questions about why school is important.
We spend a lot of time explaining to him how important school and learning is to his future, and it takes just one pompous Governor to ruin everything. (more…)