So Many Reasons – by Jim Curtis

There are so many reasons why public education is vital to the success of our community and our entire society. First of all, education reduces costs to taxpayers. For every dollar spent providing excellent schooling, future savings are realized when a thriving citizen contributes financially and socially to society. He or she is not in need of remedial interventions and services later on. Public schools also foster interaction, cooperation, and understanding among people from different ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds. Public schools prepare young people to work and thrive in the diverse real word they graduate to.

I always think of the importance of public education when I think about the future of our community and our nation. It has often been said that an educated population is the cornerstone of democracy. The members of the upcoming generation need to be the stewards of—and leaders for—an increasingly complicated world. Their development impacts all of us. Decisions about climate change, extremism, technology, Social Security, and Medicare will help shape our nation for years. Only an educated person will have the tools to face challenges like these.

Educating Clinton’s children is not a private interest. Voting for strong schools is a wise use of our tax dollars. I encourage your readers to support Clinton Public Schools on May 10 and turn out to vote “Yes.”

Jim Curtis

Published April 26, 2017 Harbor News

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