Wednesday, June 24, 2009

America's Symbol of Strength and Freedom

Friday June 19, 2009; Fort McDowell Indian Reservation, Arizona, USA

I had so much hope when Barack Obama won the presidency. To me it was as if he was a symbol of our country deciding to clean house and get its priorities in order. Since becoming president he has vowed 3 trillion dollars to fund education. He promised no teacher layoffs. The money supposedly has been distributed to the states. Where is it? My son was laid off from his NYC teaching job. Teaching jobs are frozen in NYC. Let me get this straight - The NYC Fellow program which was designed to take people with college degrees and help them become teachers, as a second chance career to teach urban students, is going to do what now? Train people for a third career to work on a taco line? Our children are our only chance for a strong and free future. I'm confused. Maybe it's me who is disillusioned. Maybe eagles aren't a symbol of anything really. Maybe birds are just stupid.

3 comments :

Granny on the Web said...

Doesn't make a lot of sense does it? I bet you [and your son] are well peeved at the outcome for his career. My daughter is a Math teacher, so I know the long studying involved to get to a high enough position.
I hope fervently he soon finds another post, but it gives you a feint heart when someone seems to let you down. I too was expecting great things from Obama.
Love Granny

Shadow said...

politics does that. disillusion. and that's where my political opinion ends. but don't give up fighting for what is and should be yours!

Woman in a Window said...

I think the world is in a transitional phase that has never been seen before. I think we need a fundamental shift in how our economics are driven. Our consumerism has bled us dry. Unfortunately, we're still stuck in money makes money (Canada, too) and therefore funds that should help to restructure educational systems are being bled out elsewhere.

I'm just sayin'...O'bama is in at a monumental time. I don't think anyone really knows what to anticipate.