Regarding the Oct. 13 news article “ McCrory offers higher-ed vision”: Gov. Pat McCrory often speaks of making the public schools a breeding ground for employers to obtain the work force needed with the right “skill” sets.
House Speaker Thom Tillis is against any minimum pay raise. That is pretty forthright. There is no mention of the aspirations, goals and dreams students have for their future in this dialogue. It basically comes down to this: Are we raising a generation of indentured servants to fill the employers’ coffers or is it our responsibility to enrich future generations enabling them to succeed?
After McCrory and Tillis touted “giving” the teachers a pay raise (during election year for Tillis), I saw a line of cars coming into the state in droves – oops, my bad. It was actually a line of cars filled with professional educators (indentured servants) leaving the state to follow their dreams. With such a good deal, why do we still have teacher vacancies across the state?
We will not see any more campaign-funding ads touting the benefits of education after the election. One thing I do know for sure is that the state of our education system today will dictate the health of North Carolina tomorrow.