Want to know how the U.S. can get back on its economic feet? Let's face it, we've suffered a roundhouse kick to the nads in the past few years - we've come damn close to tapping out, but somehow we're still in the mix. If history is any guide, I believe I have the one and only answer to getting out of this mess.
Here's a hint: It will not involve giving Wall Street more taxpayer money for successive bailouts. It will also not involve giving corporations more tax incentives to stay in the U.S. - that may lead to another jobless recovery, but the middle class will still remain royally f***ed. No, those aren't the answer. The answer is.... (drum roll, please) ...... science education.
|It's going to be okay. We just have to make our schools stop sucking.|
The fact of the matter is job creation is not necessarily a good thing. There's plenty of people in the Philippines, India and China with horrible soul sucking jobs - do you want those kind of jobs? I hear Rick Perry brag about how many jobs have been created in Texas under his governorship; never you mind the fact that most of these jobs are so shitty you'd be better off moving to Bangkok and selling yourself into the underground slave trade.
|Rick Perry soooo missed his calling. Skinamax has his name written all over it.|
Thank God technological innovation can level the playing field. Whether it's a new discovery in medicine or a breakthrough in transportation, these things have a way of catapulting the creators to the front of the line. The personal computer, the mass produced automobile, aerospace engineering, psychotropic drug development, genetics, and the science of war (which we are still awesome at!) have put the U.S. of A. at the top of the heap. NOT - I repeat - NOT Wall Street gambling.
|Don't I know it.|
If only we had, like Iceland, told the penniless retards at the banks to fend for themselves, we may have better used the funds in the classroom. Here's how we could've better used the $11.5 trillion we flushed down the toilets of Wall Street...
1. Make Science & Technology Cool as F**k
There's probably not a whole lot of students motivated by patriotism when it comes to getting good grades. What motivates these young men and women at this age isn't even working towards obtaining a healthy income.... that'll come later in college if they're lucky. What they're motivated by is... well,....
2. Don't Stop Educating People Just Because They're Fat and Old
We've got to think outside the box here, folks. Our education system is set up to fail, and we've got to change it, dammit. After you're 22nd birthday, most people are basically done with that learnin' business altogether. Sure, some may watch TLC and the History Channel on occasion; but a formal education is miles behind them in the rear view mirror.
|The Challenge: Educating People Who'd Rather Be Taking a Nap|
Today, most of our population is "old" (I put quotation marks around that word to make you and I feel better). They are a vast untapped resource.
|Okay, maybe not all of them. LL Cool J and Duane Allman may be a challenge in the classroom.|
3. Most Importantly: Stop Hating on the Teachers
If you are a tea party champion who thinks making the teaching profession a low-wage, thankless career is a good thing for this country, chances are, you haven't even read this far, so I'm not going to worry about your brainless opinion. For everyone else out there, I'm sure you realize we are living in a very unique and precarious time - a time where we need to bolster the education of our citizens more than ever. Reducing their wages and benefits, and worst of all reducing their reputation in the court of public opinion, is probably not the direction we should be headed in right now.
|Just look at that greedy teacher in action. His greed makes me sick. His salary would be better off in a hedge fund.|
A frumpy under-payed, under-motivated teacher telling a ghetto thug to do his homework is... well, just not a recipe for success. However, a team of highly trained, highly motivated, highly paid individuals can make it happen. The teacher is key. The teacher is the direct interface between our present and our future.
|The New Breed of Teachers: Super hot and ready to kick some high school asses into shape... with extreme prejudice.|
Believe it or not, I do listen to both sides of the political argument. In fact, I've listened to Rush Limbaugh regularly over many years. Admittedly, I hardly ever agree with anything that comes out of his mouth; however, on one fact he is basically never wrong: follow the money. When he uses this strategy to solve problems or pinpoint root causes, it is nearly always right on the..... well, money.
Twenty years from now, when Limbaugh is trying to figure out how we became the worlds greatest motherfucking superpower again, perhaps he can "follow the money" and see that it was funneled into the education system with a vengeance. That money spent was well worth the investment. The money to Madison Avenue (Step One), to Continuing Ed. (Step Two) and Teacher Makeovers (Step Three) yielded big dividends.
And maybe Limbaugh will follow the money trail back to the impetus of this whole undertaking - this little post on a blog called Retrospace. And maybe he'll take a swig of his Snapple and recognize this plan for what it is....
Thanks in advance, Rush.