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Question #92944 posted on 02/26/2020 9:42 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Do you have any personal TED Talks you'd like to monologue about?

-Goldie Rose


Dear Goldie Rose,

*Steps on Soap Box*

Okay, so I think everyone agrees that education is a good thing, and that we should support our schools by paying teachers more, paying for improved facilities and programs, and all that jazz. People in Utah especially seem to "value education" and I have heard hundreds of rants about how their school districts need to support their teachers more. 

Here's the thing. People don't realize that funding for education comes from property taxes, school bonds, and referendums. Of these things, we can directly vote on two of them. The third which is property taxes are voted on by representatives who we vote for. So while we pay for teachers indirectly, we do have some control over our level of support for education.

Now here's my problem. In my experience living in Utah some of the people who complain the loudest about education funding also don't vote for higher property taxes, school bonds, or educational referendums. One of the local middle schools didn't have air conditioning. There was a ballot initiative to raise property taxes by $11 per home, for 5 years to pay for air conditioning in the school. The initiative got voted down. People flipping voted not to put air conditioning in their kids school because it cost 11 dollars!!! What in the H-E-Double-Flip?

You can't vote to not pay for education and then complain when education doesn't have enough funding! If you care about education, put your money where your mouth is! We have control over what teachers get payed! We're the one's paying for them! I'm sick and tired of people who complain and then actively reject the solutions to their problems.

TLDR; put your money where your mouth is and support education. Don’t just complain about it, support change.

Thank you for coming to my TED talk.