A Lack of School Funds Equals a Lack of Education (by Julia Taylor, 11936)

Introduction

juliaRecently I have had the pleasure to volunteer my time at a dual language elementary school. The act itself of giving my time to my community was so rewarding, however the stark realization of what the school, like so many others, are faced with, was a wake up call. With continued deep budget cuts we are losing really great teachers, physical education, music and art classes, drama, outdoor school, field trips, and much more. These are an essential part to a child’s learning and growing. Not having these offered has and will continue to negativity affect a child’s development and learning. It makes me sad that not only do some of these children do without in their own homes, they then are forced to continue to do without while at a place that should be able to provide the foundations of an education that will impact them their entire lives.

I know we are all busy. Sometimes it is easier to think of “one day” doing something that will be good for the community. All I can say is that “one day” is much too late. These children need us now. These schools need us now. After they are raised on a meager education that lacks many essential building blocks needed to become a fully functioning adult it will sadly be too late. The time to fight, to fix, to work towards strengthening our students lives is now, before it is too late. While some things you can ignore and they will go away on their own, this is clearly not one of those things. Our schools, our teachers, and our future needs us now. My call to arms, my question to you, no matter your age, gender, ethnicity, my question to my community, is what can we do to bring back these essential tools our children need? What can we do? While I know I do not have all the answers, I do know that sitting back doing nothing will not help this situation. I urge each and every one of you to find ways to help combat this epidemic growing crisis. From my research I know we have a long way to go with no straight path, but I would love to ask each of you to continue to learn, continue to grow, and please, continue to help our children. Because if you don’t…who will?

Get Informed: The Research

1.) “Budget Cuts Affect Music, Arts.” Budget Cuts Affect Music, Arts. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Mar. 2015.

This article outlines the reality many schools have faced. The loss of their music and arts programs due to budget cuts have affected many in their community. Almost half their art and music instructors have been let go. As one art teacher, Lance Eagen states, “We have lost our depth and breath of what we can offer. We as humans are designed to be well-rounded;we have two halves of the brain.” This article further goes on to explain how the lost of these music and art classes have affected their community.

2.) Zhao, Emmeline. “School Budget Cuts: How Students Say Slashes Are Affecting Them.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, n.d. Web. 04 Mar. 2015. This educational journal gets right to the heart of it while they relay how students feel about and are affected personal by school budget cuts. What is amazing about this is that they have data from 1,850 teens who were able to articulate and respond to surveys on what they have lost and how their classrooms have been affected.

3.)”Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.” An Update on State Budget Cuts . N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Mar. 2015.

With a broader view of how budget cuts are affecting many communities nation wide and now just our local community, this article gives the startling facts and numbers that show just how devastating and deep school funding for each state and how it compares. This article showcases a wide range of services that have been cut, or the resulting aftermath of where states are forced to allocate their money to.

How to Get Involved

There are many things that you can do to become involved and help keep these essential learning tools in our schools.

Want to know more about where and how you can help, check out any of these great resources! I urge you to get involved, every little bit counts! You won’t regret a second of your time that you have used in the aid of a child.

Other ways to get involved:

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5 comments

  1. BelieverInChange

    I believe in today’s society that parents have become either A) too busy, or B) too lazy. There has become a heavy reliance on daycares, preschools, and schools to provide all the education and upbringing a child needs. This has happened with little, none, and even taking away from the funds being dedicated towards education. There is much more resources being directed towards incarceration facilities while our children suffer. MAYBE, if we as a society put efforts towards the children and raised them correctly, there’d be less need to house criminals when they get older.

  2. Joel

    I commend you on spending time in your kid’s class! You’ve now seen the harsh reality and circumstances that phase or school systems, teachers, and ultimately our children. When I read this, I am reminded of my involvement in sports starting in elementary and taking me into college. Being involved with the team taught me the intangibles, and could not be taught by a book.

    I will definitely follow your links! This is a good reminder that volunteering in my kid’s class is important and needed.

    Thank you!
    Joel

  3. ashlee

    AMEN believerinchange!!! im glad someone has a good head on his shoulders! if only more people thought like you! If we took care of the educational systems at an earlier age, we wouldnt have to spend abundant amounts of money to house these crimials….but julia on the side note this is a GREAT post! i love the enthusaism you have for future kids of america!

  4. Melissa

    Wow incredible Julia! That was extremely well written. It’s heartbreaking what’s going on in the school system theses days and I think a lot of people don’t even understand how horrid it is until they have their own. 😦 props for making a difference 🙂

  5. Ryan S.

    Hi Julia,
    Nice work, you can really feel the passion you have for this topic. It’s so important to provide children with a strong educational foundation to build upon. It’s discouraging to see what’s happening to our school systems but do see hope for the future, parents will play a critical role in turning this around. I’m so glad you shared your experience and provided resources for others to get more involved.
    -Ryan S.

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