Supporting Public Education
Our schools are the current battleground in the domestic war-on-terror. As a recent graduate of Seattle Public Schools, I can tell you that Seattle's children and their teachers live in fear every day; fear that this might be the day, fear that those duck and cover drills won't really defend one from the round of an AR15, fear that there is not an object close enough with which one can confront an attacker and fear of not making it out alive. Every. Single. Day. This is the life of a public school student in 2019.
There is no longer fear of not doing well, there is no longer fear of what the teacher or the parents might say if you don't excel, there is no longer fear of forgetting homework that the dog might have eaten in the past, there is no longer fear of not having studied hard enough for the test.
There is only time to FEAR FOR ONE'S LIFE.
This has to change. Is that how we want Seattle's youth to be raised? Reading, writing and arithmetic have taken a backseat to knowing how to respond to an attack. The syllabus' may all read the same, the school system may tell us that it is business as usual, but the reality being lived in Seattle schools is very different.
I have lived it firsthand. Panic, anxiety and PTSD are not conducive to learning and higher education.
On the teacher front, it is time we paid all our civil servants, including our teachers, wages that attract the best and brightest and afford them the opportunity to live in the community in which they serve.
I think we can all agree that Seattle would be better served.