Snyder received three college degrees by the time he was 23 years old. This would suggest that he believes education is important. He may believe in the value of education, but he sure as heck doesn’t seem to believe in the value of our education.
I’m still trying to wrap my head around the idea of school funding being cut even further than it already has. It just seems weird to me that Gov. Snyder believes the Pure Michigan campaign (which he supports giving an additional $10 million) comes before the education of our state’s children. Advertising during football games is more important than keeping schools’ doors open?
I think the new Pure Michigan ads should read like this: “Come to Michigan. We have the worst economy in America; we used to make a lot of cars and our kids are getting dumber by the minute!” Now that’s pure Michigan.
Call me dumb, but it seems to me that giving the state’s rising workforce a worse education would be counter-productive. Granted, I’m just a high school student and nobody above the age of 40 cares what I say or believe, but I tend to feel that educating your children should be pretty high up on the to-do list. Unfortunately for the rest of us, Snyder’s children either graduated from or attend private schools, and none of this will affect them.
These cuts are going to cause layoffs, program reductions, class size increases and decreases in education quality, and will even force some schools to close their doors because they are broke. To put it in the words of Gru, a super-villain from the movie “Despicable Me”: “In terms of money … we have no money.”
The people who worked on and approved this budget make me think of a surgeon cutting out a patient’s liver without telling them and saying, “They probably won’t need that, right?” Guess what? We would like our liver back, please.
Gov. Snyder, I believe you owe every public school student in the state of Michigan an apology. You should also change your description of yourself from “one tough nerd” to “one tough cookie” — because, like many cookies, you looked appetizing and fresh at first glance; but when we took a bite, you crumbled and made a mess everywhere.
Jack Black summed up my feelings perfectly in “Anchorman” when he whipped off his biker helmet, raised his hands and said, “What the Hell, bro?”
— By John Cherette/Bucs Blade Writer