I’m afraid to go to my mailbox these days and it’s not like when I was 28 and lived in fear of getting my Visa bill.
Nope, today my trepidation is based on whether I’ll be greeted by a political postcard rife with factual errors.
Every time I see one of these postcards of lies masquerading as the “hard truth” I get sad, because what wrong turn did I take in my life to get on these mailing lists? And when the postcard spews nonsense about public school funding I get sad again because just what kind of idiot do these jokers think I am?
I also get feisty because if there’s one thing I’ll throw down with someone about, it’s protecting Blue Valley Schools.
Here’s short lesson for you. The Blue Valley Schools are why people move to Kansas. They’re the crown jewel. The mothership. We don’t have mountains or oceans but we have a school district that makes up for that.
When my family was living on the West Coast (yes, I know I’ve told this story before, but it bears repeating), my husband got a job offer to move to Kansas City. He had the superintendent of the Washoe County School District tell him run to Kansas and get our kids in the Blue Valley School District because “it’s one of the best in the nation.”
I’ve had a University of Kansas professor tell me that the greatest endowment to KU is the Blue Valley School District.
My daughter, in her first two weeks at a fancy pants college in California, had not one, but two professors ask her where she went to high school and then told her they could tell she had an excellent education. My son was able to start college as a second semester sophomore because of his Blue Valley North teachers.
And this isn’t a mom brag because my children were not the exceptional students at their high school, but they did receive an exceptional education.
I know that generously funding our schools is the right thing to do. And, selfishly, it’s going to protect my property value.
It also makes me think whenever I read these icky political postcards that perhaps the people behind them should have been educated in the Blue Valley District because if they had, they might be better at things like reading comprehension and basic math.
This word problem, for instance, would stump them big time.
Grace is a student in the Blue Valley School District. The district had an almost 2 percent decrease in administration spending and a more than 5 percent increase in instruction and student support. Are the administration costs for the district increasing or decreasing?
Of course, based on data from the Kansas Department of Education, the correct answer would be the administration costs for the district are going down. But for some reason, these groups are severely math-challenged, because they keep sending me mailers saying those costs are going up.
That’s another thing that makes me sad — stupidity. Which is why we need to fund our schools properly.
Education matters and you need to look no further than the anti-school funding postcards to know that being dumb hurts all of us.