Today is election day so go vote. But I always add a caveat: don’t vote if you don’t know anything. And please don’t vote based on how the candidate looks. You owe it to your neighbors and family to be an informed voter. We may disagree, but if you have studied the issues then you are doing your part.
We have a huge decision here in Midland. A 163 million dollar bond. I am not going to argue about the huge debt burden it adds to our community or the complaint that it doesn’t add schools to our south side, but I am going to ask you to think about something. Will a vote for this bond improve our schools?
Adding more schools will improve our overcrowding problem and the technology portion will help out, however, I do not like the part of this bond that places cameras in every classroom. But will adding buildings help our schools do better on tests? Grades? Discipline? I don’t think so. Our real problem is that we lack accountability and discipline in our schools. See yesterdays blog and let me know if you agree.
So if you are going to vote for our bond, then do not be deluded by thinking a vote for more buildings will improve our schools. We will have the same problems with nicer buildings and new technology. We need to address the real problem (see blog from yesterday again) and not be deluded by spending more money. Show me a correlation between money spent and student performance. I can’t find one. America spends more money per student than virtually any other country and yet we continue to slide in the world when it comes to education.
I know how I am going to vote, do you? Don’t be deluded by the feel good ads that say Midland needs a great school system to move forward. I agree, but new buildings do not make a school district great. Accountability and excellence do. Put that into place and then talk to me about buildings. Until next time, peace.