Monday, February 20, 2006

War Before Education Pt.2

The crosses of Columbine

This time last year I wrote a post about the dangerous conquences of the inequality between the Department of Defense budget and the Department of Education budget. Well the proposed 2007 Federal Budget was released two weeks ago and here is the break from the White House itself.


2007 Federal Budget

Department of Defense-----> 439.3 billion
Department of Education---> 64 billion
Department of State-------> 33.9 billion
Department of Justice-----> 19.5 billion

Again, does anyone see a problem??

As in 2005, I will repeat this warning that America needs to reconcile the gulf between Defense and Education. Yes, the Department of Defense is necessary for this country. Yes, their budget will always be larger than most. Yes, money is not the cure-all for education. But it is a factor. All I'm asking is that the numbers to be somewhat close. As it stands right now these two budgets are worlds apart. Paul issues a similar warning in Galatians 6, "7Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature[a]will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."

If we continue to put war before education, then this country will reap a whirlwind of destruction and decay. If we continue to put war before education, then our children will degenerate into violent militants who believe violence is the only means of achieving progress. The crosses of Columbine are a prophetic reminder of the violence that will descend upon our children if this country continues to make war its first priority. War may be good for business, but it is fatal to education.

So again this week ask yourself what is most important. Our defense should not rely on bullets, bombs, or F-16 Tomcats. Education is our best defense. Only education can defend us against the true enemies who are ignorance, hate and fear. The only way our enemies will succeed is if we continue to put war before education.


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Anonymous,  9:11 AM  

all i gotta say is that i still don't believe that the answer to education is throwing money at it. its gonna gonna help. bottom line.

April 5:25 PM  

I agree, money is not going to solve all the problems, but it will help. I could name you 20 kids on my caseload that are going to be "left behind." Special Education is a joke and that is only for the kids that "qualify"! Serving 56 kids with special needs and it being only you, that is where the money can come in. More staff, more time for the kids. (and I am only speaking for special education!)

Chris Ewing 3:30 PM  


Like I said in the post, I too believe money is not the cure-all for public education, but it is a factor. Better pay, better health benefits would attract better teachers and more teachers to help April. But with lack of funds schools continue to cut programs and other teachers. Instead of cutting schools need to be creating. But again, I agree there are other factors involve like parent involvement for starters. It's rare for you to comment here so thanks for sharing your view.

You're amazing


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