Ask any citizen or businessperson what’s really important for success individually, or as a nation. The answer will almost certainly include, “a good education.”
I find that education is like the weather – everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything about it.
We now have a chance to do something about education. We can elect Sandy Welch as Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction.
A former math teacher and a successful school administrator, Welch certainly has the academic chops to qualify her for the position. More important to me is her understanding of economics.
Schools today fail to equip our students with economic literacy. We continue to turn out graduates who do not understand the basic facts of economic life, and they are walking targets to any financial or political shyster. No subject is more critical. Every American sets out each day to improve his or her family’s standard of living.
Sandy Welch gets it. Early in her career, she worked for an accounting firm. She wrote a book about financial fundamentals for teens. She supports a curriculum that emphasizes a firm, internal understanding of basic economics that will accelerate every student’s success in life.
Welch has a clear understanding of the State Superintendent’s role on the State Land Board. Unlike the incumbent, Denise Juneau, who lines up with environmentalists in opposition to coal extraction in Montana, Sandy Welch appreciates the importance of resource development to our school funding, and to the state’s economy and jobs.
We don’t do anything about the weather because we can’t change it. But we can no longer consider education a spectator sport. It’s time to do something. We can get involved directly with our student’s coursework and classrooms. We can participate in school board meetings and provide input to administrators. We can view our schools as more than athletic venues.
And we can elect Sandy Welch as our next Montana Superintendent of Schools.
Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side
Don’t know much about geography
Don’t know much trigonometry
Don’t know much about algebra
Don’t know what a slide rule is for
But I do know that one and one is two
And if this one could be with you
What a wonderful world this would be