Angela Tonn on the American Dream
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My name is Angela Tonn, and I am a public high school teacher.
So I am concerned that as we place all these burdens on schools, we're pulling up the ladder to the American dream. If we're tying it so tightly to this narrow window to squeeze through. And at the same time that is sucking money away. And at the same time, we're seeing more and more low income kids in public schools, more and more ESOL English language learners in public schools. You know, if you need an attendant to sit with your kid all day, that's expensive. So this money that should be going to materials and smaller class size and better facilities, um, isn't there, we're cheating them, cheating our kids and cheating ourselves in the process. If we want a better world, it's, that's them. It's not us.
We're pulling up that ladder, public schools should be your access to a wider world. You know, you don't have to be a rich kid to go to the public school and learn to speak French and maybe go to Paris someday, you know, or learn that, Hey, wow. I really do like science, Hey, look a here I can sing or play an instrument, or I just like learning or conversely, maybe I don't. And this isn't for me, but that's okay because there's other stuff. Why aren't we investing in technical college, technical school, like truly investing in it and making it very available. Heck you know, electricians, plumbers, hairdressers. I mean, who are we all who we all missing these days are hairdressers, right? My hair isn't usually this color, it's I guess that's the best phrase I can think of. I'm afraid we're pulling up the ladder.
I'm very concerned that, that this was intentional, that some powers that be maybe don't believe in the American dream, the way a lot of us do that every child should have what you want for your child. As far as opportunity and education and resources and every room, every classroom should be staffed with a well-educated well-trained in my mind experienced teacher.