Mayor of Los Angeles appeared in TV ads this week in support of a proposition, on next week's ballot, that would force all four-year olds into school, at the expense of one group –all stuffed with bureaucracy and no science.
It means every four-year old –without a bit of proof that putting them into a classroom all day, a year before regular school, has any benefit.
It means career teachers, even with twenty years of experience, would have to be stuffed into college to get a degree, quick, or get bounced out of a job.
It means people who earn more than $400,000. will be taxed to pay for the stuffing of everyone's child –middle -working class parents won't be paying, into classrooms. All of this to be run by a vast bloated bureaucracy --that will help the Teacher's Union?
Proposition How did this mess get on the ballot? One paid-for signature at a time, by paid signature-gatherers, courtesy of a group headed by Rob Reiner (--used for his name appeal) who recently quit the sponsor amid confusing messy questions of misspent millions, on alleged violations of TV advertising, among others.
Who's Children? Who wants a place to stash children? Do you suppose those who signed petition to get it on the ballot were wealthy or poor? Taxing only one group to support a program for all: not the American way. Are the children of the wealthy somehow in need of a place to go all day?
Degree? If requiring people to get a BA in order to teach is such a great idea, some kind of solution: why is the illiteracy and drop-out rate of middle, high school students so high --when their teachers all have degrees?
When asked by a reporter, in response to a voter's e-mail, why the rich should be the ones to pay for a program for the poor: Mayor Villaraigosa went around in circles –until pressed, then said: "I am a supporter, therefore I support the program."
Should four-year olds be forced into classrooms –because their parents are not supplying care? Who wants More bureaucratic boondoggles? How is "government" a better supplier of creativity, imagination than play-dates and play?
Why is it we aren't getting smart government, for the common good, paid for by all?
It's not hard to guess middle and working-class parents want someone else to pay to baby-sit their children –that they want this mess; that many are Hispanic. Mayor Villaraigosa needs to remember: he is the Mayor of ALL of Los Angeles –not just of Hispanic-speaking or low-income voters. Creating more red tape is not good for anyone, or their children. Here's hoping this proposition mess is defeated.