You may have recently received our email explaining Gov. Gregoire’s over $1 billion dollar proposed cuts to education. In that email we asked you to tell us how this will change your life and the lives of the children in your local school. We’ve had a great response. Thank you for replying (and keep it coming).
I was personally struck by one note in particular and asked if we could post it to our blog. This anonymous teacher and Seattle resident challenges all of us to stand up and speak loudly about the importance of leadership in education. The challenge to hope is a critical reminder as we head into what will be a very difficult legislative session.
Thank you everyone for all you do for Washington’s children. Have a very happy holiday season!
I currently teach in Seattle Public Schools, providing music education to K-5 students. Through 56 years as a Seattle resident, taxpayer, SPS & UW Alum, and now teacher, I have learned the value of those individuals among us courageous enough to speak out intelligently and persistently.
We are at a critical time. Those in leadership positions must act boldly – NOW – we cannot afford to consider politics before people. We stand at the threshold of change requiring tremendous courage of leadership. Also required is energetic action in support of those leaders willing to rethink our commitment to human need (aka “the common good.”)
I learned long ago that human need is subsumed by the ever-present pressures of capitalism to drive the economy on a macro level; correspondingly, pressures of “what one wants” have been prevalent on the individual level. These are practices that ultimately end in neglect of our needs and eventually prevent any benefit of our biological and social interdependence. We need to band together to redefine and recommit to a balance of tensions between individual liberty – and – responsibility TO each other!
I beg Chris Gregoire to:
reach down through layers of government to mayors & superintendents of schools,
reach across barriers to all state legislators and governors of other states,
reach out to business leaders (not lobbyists,)
reach up through the federal government.
Please – provide leadership modeled after the new Obama Administration. Surround yourself with people of intelligence, creativity, and diplomacy to shift the paradigm back to service on behalf of the common good.
Please – boldly address the NEED for more progressive taxes & return to caring for one another.