By Nick Bouwer
Throughout the history of the United States schools have been giving the nation’s youth opportunity and knowledge through standard education.
In the beginning of the nation, the three R’s (reading, writing, and arithmetic) were taught to the population as the standard of education.
This system of education has changed drastically since then, allowing students to expand their future opportunities further in many different areas of learning such as art, foreign languages, and physical education.
The modern day school system has also made great leaps in special education which has allowed for many young impaired or disabled children to succeed in life.
The economic dip that has plagued our country has taken a toll on the states and towns of America and they have been made to enact cuts in their budgets in order to reach spending deficits.
Education is the first system that is looked toward when making cuts because many people feel that a standard education today can solely consist of those three R’s that were taught in schools during the 1800s and 1900s.
These modern times require educated young people to help us get out of our depressions and further the progress of our nation; therefore, there is no rational reason as to why the old system of education could be used successfully today. Cutting away from those educations will not give us the opportunities created by intelligent young people to further progress and will leave many to waste their potential on something else.
An example of recent budget cuts that will have incredibly negative effects on the school district and those that live around it is Georgetown’s list of proposed school budget cuts that were released in February.
They are aimed at reaching an overall reduction amount of $872,089.
In order to reach this goal, Georgetown’s Superintendent Carol Jacobs has proposed the cutting of foreign languages in seventh grade, physical education and nutrition courses for middle school and high school, special education aide, reducing the art staff, and many others.
The drastic amount of cuts that will be enacted on their system will negatively affect the school’s accreditation and will also decrease many students’ chances at getting into college and furthering themselves in finding their passions in life.
Also, Florida’s Republican governer Rick Scott unveiled plans in February for a state budget last week that would cut as much as $3.3 Billion over the current fiscal year from education.
Education should be the last to be looked at for budget cuts in any situation because the future of the older generation relies on the younger generation’s success.
Without a good education, those generations cannot succeed, disabling society from progress and further modernization.