Why I Wear Red for Ed
I wear Red for Ed because education is the cornerstone of the American Dream. The American Dream is the ability for an individual to “lift themselves by the bootstraps,” and make more of themselves than their original lot in life would have led you to believe possible. Education can be used as a ticket to a better way of life, a more meaningful, purposeful and thus, fulfilling life. And education makes this possible for all, not just the rich, which levels the playing field.
I wear Red for Ed because teachers perform the acts of education. Administrators administrate. Politicians … I think we all know what they do. The large publishing companies lobby the politicians and have created this bloated, yet useless, testing monster that is gutting the quality of the education our youth receive. It is destroying the American Dream for our youth.
I wear Red for Ed because the politicians and large publishing corporations have rotted the system while lining their pockets all the while. Yet, they point the finger and blame low quality teaching as the reason for the rotted system they created.
I wear Red for Ed because it touches on a very important issue that goes beyond education. Red for Ed is an a-political movement. I believe the politicians and media have pitted us against one another, and we eat it up! We love the righteous indignation and the validation of seeing others fuming over a policy or action taken in government.
I wear Red for Ed for the people opposed to the movement. Tomorrow’s leaders are being educated today. Tomorrow’s leaders will decide if caring for the feeble and old is worth the financial expense.
I wear Red for Ed because to do otherwise is to turn your back on the noble causes of education and instead support the politicians and lobbyists that are lining their pockets with our tax money, with the funding and resources that should be used to keep the American Dream alive for those that need it most…our youth.
I wear Red for Ed because I believe in taking care of those that serve us.
(The #RedforEd movement is an a-political movement in Arizona to raise awareness of low teacher compensation and its ramifications. Teachers salary in Arizona is the lowest in the nation, and to make it worse, it appears the average salary for Arizona is vastly exaggerated. The average teacher pay in Arizona, as reported by the state, is approximately $48,000. However, that is a very suspect number as various administrators and other positions, that are compensated at a much higher rate than teachers, are thrown into that average. The state average is probably closer to $38,000 than $48,000.)