Saturday, October 9, 2010

Fire Teachers? Wrong Idea! Demobilize the Troops!

News Item: States Lay Off 58,000 Teachers In September:
State and local governments laid off nearly 58,000 teachers and other education workers in September, the government announced on Friday.
This is symptomatic of the wrong direction our sorry-ass political system is moving in. The greatest danger to our national security comes from our broken economy: we need more trained and better educated workers. Working! And we are firing teachers?

Heidi Shierholz, an economist with the progressive Economic Policy Institute, says,

What the payroll numbers show is unambiguous: teachers were cut. A lot of them. States should have gotten more fiscal relief to keep this from happening. The job loss was 58,000 jobs in state and local education in September. These are teachers and other education workers who would have been expected to come back after the summer -- or start new jobs -- with the new school year.
We need to balance the budget? Reduce the deficit? Then fire the troops. Demobilize them and bring them home. One US soldier in Afghanistan costs $1 million per year. Killing each Taliban soldier costs $50 Million. We can't afford that now.

Convert them to teachers. Troops to Teachers is 16-year-old program which needs to enlarge its talent pool in order to attract the waves of younger troops returning from hot spots such as Iraq and Afghanistan and making the not-always-easy transition to civilian life.

TTT is funded by the Department of Education to the tune of about $14.4 million a year and run by a Defense Department outfit called Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support. Essentially a referral and placement service, TTT provides up to $10,000 for military personnel to obtain their teaching certification; they must be retired or have left their service with at least six years of active duty. Many of the more than 11,000 men and women who have participated in the program are nontraditional first-time teachers, middle-aged former officers, sailors, soldiers and Marines who hope to parlay their skills into a very different kind of service career.
Bring our troops home - alive - and train them to serve in our country's national interests.


  1. Our military [mercenaries] is the only true job center left.
    The beast that lies within the MIC must be fed.
    America no longer wishes to be the beacon on the hill.
    It no longer cares about its citizens.
    The Corps. must go on.
    We only exist to extend their thievery, and bottom line.
    Living in the United Corporate States of America is knowing that peace is war, and that war is peace.

  2. Firing teachers -- a brilliant ploy by the Oligarchy. The fewer teachers, the more functionally-illiterate dunces will be churned out by our crumbling school system. And these dunces, having not learned any reasoning or critical thinking skills, will watch Fox News and CNBC, listen to talk radio, and they'll vote Republican.

  3. Sweet Jesus! Fire the troops? Who is going to protect us from the latest evil invading horde du jour? Dammit, China is just a few years away from being the new boogeyman.

  4. Yeah, Beach. I'd vote for keeping our powder dry for conflict situations that really bear on our national interests.