always enjoy being talked down to by one of my employees, who in this case also happens to be an alleged public servant.
The MDJ article “Officials give Core support at town hall” tells us a meeting was held to inform the public about the new educational standards known as Common Core and that it will probably not be repealed by lawmakers. Panelists included Georgia School Superintendent John Barge (running for governor), Cobb School Superintendent Michael Hinojosa (an appointed, not elected position), State Rep. David Wilkerson (D-Austell) and others.
Quite frankly, my dear, I don’t give a darn about the latest new and improved version of any government program. I do, however, care greatly about a public servant insulting the public he works for. Wilkerson showed not only his bad manners but his ignorance regarding how public schools are funded.
Wilkerson is quoted as stating: “Now, the people that are opposed to this are not the heads of the education committees in the House and the Senate. They’re not the governor. They’re not the school superintendent. The people that are opposed to this are running for other offices. Once those people put their children in public school, then they can come to me and...” We will have to guess the rest of Wilkerson’s speech because at this point he was “drowned out by applause from the audience.” Well, some of the audience.
There is no need to refute Wilkerson’s strange idea that the governor and local elected school boards are not opposed to Common Core, but I do question his knowledge of just how public schools are funded.
Is Wilkerson ignorant of the fact that if your child is enrolled in a private or religious school or home schooled, or even if you do not have a child, that you must still pay taxes for the operation of public schools?
Is Wilkerson ignorant of the fact that if you own a house you pay property tax and that most of that tax is used to fund public schools, football stadiums and all? Is Wilkerson ignorant of the fact that even renters pay property tax as part of their rent and that most of that tax is used to fund public schools? Is Wilkerson ignorant of the fact that there are no senior discounts for school tax on properties that are not homesteaded? Is Wilkerson ignorant of the fact that part of sales tax is used to fund public schools? Is Wilkerson ignorant of the fact that part of the income tax paid to state and federal governments is used to fund public schools?
Finally, is Wilkerson ignorant of the fact that he works for us?
Let’s put an end to demagoguery and speechifying. It is unworthy of a public servant.
And perhaps Wilkerson should go back to school and learn some basic manners.