Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Schools vs. Auto Industry?

We are struggling to find funds to support modernizing our failing school system nation-wide, but I haven't heard any mention of how much money will be allocated to districts for modernization, professional development and facility improvement. It can really be disappointing and frustrating as a teacher, to see billions of dollars go towards an industry that is so dependent on the education industry. They bailout one, but neglect the other. Doesn't seem to make sense. Do you agree? Online forum will be using www.dimdim.com

Go to tracking the spending cite: http://www.usaspending.gov/index.php

18 comments:

  1. I happen to agree that bailing out one but saving the other doesn't make sense, especially when one is suppose to support the other. It not only affects the teachers of the school but also the students. We supposedly get the same benefits as the teachers, it's just we don't get paid to learn. They should make the auto industry and the education industry in different categories so that you can bailout one and not neglect the other. It seems, according the the table on http://www.usaspending.gov/index.php, that our government spends the most on contracts. I personally believe that we should even out the spending so that we can keep track of our money easier. Maybe we could spend more on loans or insurance, and a little less on contracts and other. Let's face it, we don't want to be loosing anymore money.

    ReplyDelete
  2. The economy is in such bad shape right now and I bet the government does not even care about teachers and the school system. The government is more concerned with the auto industry than actual education that can affect many students who want to get an education. I agree with Justin on his point saying the auto industry and the education industry should be in different categories so they can help out each other. Education is way more important than an enjoyable car. We should really spend more on education than cars but the government does not care about education and soon enough, high schools will have class of like 60 people which is like a college class. The car industry has to help out the education industry and maybe show the government that education is important. Also we can spend more on loans and insurance especially for schools instead of contracts for expensive cars. According to the chart, we spend twice as much on contracts than on loans and insurance that can help out the eduction industry. The government needs to realize what they are doing.

    http://www.usaspending.gov/index.php

    ReplyDelete
  3. I agree with Justin, it’s not right to help one industry and then hang another one out to dry. I think we should be helping out schools before we give money to the car industry. If they go under then so what, a new entrepreneur with an idea for a clean burning fuel will step up and take their place, but if schools go under then goes the future.

    http://www.usaspending.gov/index.php

    ReplyDelete
  4. I agree with Justin about how the bailout leaves out others. I also think the bailout should help the schools more because like Max said, the car industry will go under because it did not work and should not work but the schools are what's more important because that is the future of the world.

    http://www.usaspending.gov/index.php

    ReplyDelete
  5. I think it is horrible the way the government decides to spend our money. They are much more worried about the economy and material things. If everyone got a good education, then all the educated people could figure out all of the problems in the world. School systems should get the most money because that is what our survival really comes down to. I believe Obama will make a change with how America spend money. Since he has two young daughters, he knows how important a good education is and how it shapes our future.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I think it's not right to help the auto industry and basically forget and not pay attention to the education industry. Without education the "big" people wouldn't be where they are today. The government should find a way to save both industry rather than neglect one. Things need to change or a lot of businesses are going to go bankrupt. Although businesses have already gone bankrupt, we should be able to find a way to save others. I think that the businesses that have already declared bankruptcy, went bankrupted because of all the product competition out there.
    People are not willing to spend a lot on material things right now because of how the economy is. People are loosing jobs. And as us graduating college, we're going to have a tough time getting a job.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Kyle and I believe that what the government is doing is wrong by baling out the auto industry but not paying enough attention to the education of students. The government has neglected schools for a long time that whenever the news is on there happens to be always something about cutting valuable programs to schools that could enhance the learning of many students and as well as removing extra-curricular activities in school. There are also a lot of schools that seem to not have enough resources to teach their students. Education is just as important as the auto industry because in order to compete with other nations our future needs to be educated. While the auto industry can always come and go, a good education is something you can never take away and always use.
    We believe that the Government should pay a lot more attention to schools. Hopefully President Obama would be able to adress this matter.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I highly agree with michelle. Obama realizes that most of the government's money is going towards other problems and industries which will just keep adding on. School's should get most of the money because the less they get the more students and teachers will fail. The world today is getting harder each day, our generation and the ones below need the right education to be successful in their daily lives. Obama has two daughters and he knows the economy is bad and college is very expensive to attend. I hope he can make a change to save the economy. I agree with Max to cars break and the money is going know where because each year the cars get more advance and more expensive so the money gets wasted each year on things we do not need, as of right now.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Kyle and I believe that what the Government is doing is wrong. They can not focus only on the automotive industry and neglect the education of students. There have been many cuts in programs in schools but because the automotive industry did not prepare for this recession the Government needs to bail them out while they do not pay any attention to education. We believe that we should just focus on the education of students and upgrade the resources in schools to increase learning so that students would be able to compete with other countries. The automotive industry can come and go but we need change in our education system especially since we are in this recession we need to prepare for it.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I personally don’t think either should be “bailed out”. The auto industry needs to go into Chapter 11 like other large businesses and get their house in order. Education needs to look at where their current funds are going. Our schools are doing considerably more than educating. If the job of schools is to educate our future working class, we really need to look at the funds spent in Special Education (especially for those under 5 years of age). Perhaps funds used for PACs and other lobbying activities by the unions can be spent on offering professional development????

    ReplyDelete
  11. I agree with Justin. It does not make sense to bail out one and save the other. We should definately try to even out the spending as much as possible. Unfortunetly I do feel that the government is neglecting schools and their needs. And like Mike said, on the chart on http://www.usaspending.gov/index.php we spend twice as much on contracts than on loans and insurance that can help out schools, to better our education. At times our government does not make the wisest choices in deciding where our money goes.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Okay, I feel that the bailout is a waste of money because it doesn't help every large/small business in need of it. I feel that the government is neglecting schools and their needs. It always seem to be like we can't get something new or better for our school because the government won't pay for it.I agree with Robertino and Kyle, the automotive industry can come and go but we need change in our education system especially since we are in this recession we need to prepare for it. I think all things can be fixed, however it leaves a mark in our history.


    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7852559.stm

    ReplyDelete
  13. I fully agree. My mom and I were talking about this the other day, while companies are being bailed out for their mistakes (massive mistakes), schools are being given the short-end. Schools are useful, and necessary for our economy to thrive. If we put out good students, than new doubt we will have a good future. Our future is only worth what we invest in it. If we invest in our students, who should recieve education they deserve, then no doubt our lives will improve. With education comes new entrenuership, and new technology. Everything is failing around us, including schools, and California!! This world is getting messed up, resources are going where they are needed most at the moment. At the moment,what's necessary to our public is the car industry and mortgage crisis, not schools. Funds can't afford to be allocated to schools, its needed somewhere else.

    ReplyDelete
  14. The decision for the government to help the auto industry rather than help schools is really stupid. If anything the auto industry is just going to fail and crumble anyway. Why pay for it to fall when it can do that all by itself? It's just wasting billions of dollars that can go to a better cause. Saving and funding schools is way more important because it goes to the future of America. The fact that the government cannot see this is really astounding.If Americans can see this why not the people who are running this country? If the government is going to be handing out money it should go to things that will greatly affect America like the education of students who want to grow up and make a difference and change. Money that go to schools is a good investment and the government should trust the educational system and that the auto industry will pick itself up.

    ReplyDelete
  15. I agree that this doesn't make any sense. The fact that our job market, being in the drain and all, is getting more competitive daily and when our government is taking money away from the education system and putting it toward the auto industry, it is just putting future generations in trouble for landing a job. I wouldn't be surprised to see people from Asia or India or a country where education is valued and is technologically advanced compared to ours, take those future jobs away from Americans. The president and government are constantly talking about a stimulus plan to boost the economy including the large auto industry but they're failing to meet the needs of students. More and more teachers are receiving pink slips, meaning class sizes will get even larger and the quality of education will drop. I think we need to decide what is truly important, the education of future generations or the auto industries.

    http://www.usaspending.gov/index.php

    ReplyDelete
  16. I agree with everyone that we should be focusing more on our schools than the car industry. Educating people is more important than the car industry. Like Max said, there are other car companies and there will be other entrepeneurs with a new idea. I think that money should go to both schools and aito industries because they depend on each other and you cannot have a car industry without educated people. It is definitely frustrating for students who don't have the right resources like computer labs and even textbooks. Teachers are being laid off and which causes classes to increase the number of students. I think that plans that the government are trying to form now should focus on what is best for schools instead of the auto indutry.

    http://www.usaspending.gov/index.php

    ReplyDelete
  17. It’s really disappointing that our government doesn’t put more focus on schools and less on failing companies that are going to fail with or without the governments help. If a country does not provide its citizens with a proper education, then how is a country supposed to compete in the world? The auto industry right now is failing; jobs are being lost by closing factories and out sourcing. I understand that if I had a family member working in the auto industry I would want that person to keep their job. Companies will come and go, but if students are not given a proper education then no entrepreneurs will form these new companies. The focus really needs to be on reforming the schools so that the kids in this country are prepared to compete with other kids in China and India.

    http://www.usaspending.gov/index.php

    ReplyDelete
  18. Todd1 and Jessica1March 30, 2009 at 4:30 PM

    We agree with Zita, it is disappointing how the government spends more time, money and effort into companies that are going down the drain with or without any help from the government. The car companies are failing, but that doesn’t mean that we should stop everything else to help something that is ending anyway. Helping schools with their needs would help us out in the long run instead of just wasting the effort on the car companies. Without our schools, what will generations to come turn out like? Will they not fail more than we are right now? If students don’t get the education they need, it will be hard for people to be smart enough to make the right decisions about the economy in later years.

    ReplyDelete