SWEET FREEDOM DAILY DEVOTION: Our Schools Are Our Future

Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.
Proverbs 4:13

In 2007, Steve Jobs stood before the Texas Public Education Reform Foundation and asked a provocative question: “What kind of person could you get to run a small business if you told them that, when they came in, they couldn’t get rid of people that they thought weren’t any good? Not really great ones, because if you’re really smart, you go, ‘I can’t win.’…What is wrong with our schools in this nation is that they have become unionized in the worst possible way. This unionization and lifetime employment of K-12 teachers is off-the-charts crazy.”

Job’s statement was commonsense. Unfortunately, things haven’t improved much since then. Some teachers unions are still strangling our public educational system, putting union interests ahead of the interests of students and hardworking teachers.

Dedicated teachers go without merit pay, and mediocre (and downright horrible) teachers are protected by tenure. Many years ago, Dad – a teacher – answered my question concerning the meaning of tenure with, “Good teachers don’t need tenure.” Good teachers and good schools are absolutely necessary for our future. We support our schools generously with our tax dollars. But the teachers union leadership, like that of so many bureaucracies, is seemingly concerned only with money, perks, and political power. The education of our children is way down on their list of priorities. We need to support good teachers and high educational standards, and free our schools from the tyranny of low-expectations administrators and bureaucrats and self-serving teachers unions.

Sweet Freedom in Action
Pray for the rejuvenation of America’s schools, support educational reform efforts in your community, and thank a good teacher for loving our kids.