Save Hogwarts

Mar 05, 2011

Posted by Doris

What if Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry had to close? Not because of the plot of an evil Dark Lord, but instead because of funding. Surely, the wizarding community would be up in arms, asking their legislatures to do something about it.

Recently, due to an enormous need for budget cuts, the United States government has seen the need to cut financial dollars that fund education. First, I realize that there need to be budget cuts, I know that we’ve got a huge amount of debt and we need to do something about it. My point is that we’re taking funding away from the groups that need it the most.

If you look at the list of programs that have been cut, most of them service children who are from low income families or who are physically disabled. Programs like Reading is Fundamental (RIF) that provide books at no-cost to kids whose homes are too far from libraries, Vocational training programs to help our Native Americans train for and find jobs, the Thurgood Marshall Legal Educational Opportunity Program that helps young African American men and women who are struggling finanacially get funding for an education. While our schools can’t teach kids to fly on a broom, go watch the magic and delight on the faces of children who take part in the Special Olympics. That is real magic, but after this year that magic will be gone.

According to Educator Advocates, more than 22
percent of the more than $4 billion in spending cuts comes from
Department of Education programs even though such programs compose only
2.3 percent of the overall federal budget. Our education programs are being hit incredibly hard.

This happens at the same time many of our teachers are being laid off and class sizes are increasing. (read Education Secretary warns about layoffs or Teacher Layoff Plans in Los Angeles Pose Broad Implications) If class size increases, the students hardest hit will be the poor, students who are English Language Learners and students with learning disabilities. These kids need extra attention, they need the special programs.

As a teacher I am appalled. Education was meant to be the great equalizer. The purpose of education is to provide a means for everyone to be able to strive to improve their quality of life, to provide for their family and to learn about the world around them. Now, we have cut the funding to the programs for children who need us the most.

I urge you to grab your wands, send out sparks and help our country’s poor, minority and handicapped children who desperately need an education. Contact your state and local representatives and let them know how you feel about the budget cuts they’ve imposed on our children. Below the list of cuts you’ll find a link to locate your representatives and a pledge being sent to congress to put our children first.

Thanks,

Doris

  • Striving Readers ($250 million)
  • Even Start ($66.5 million)
  • National Writing Project ($25.6 million)
  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards ($10.7 million)
  • Teach for America ($18 million)
  • Close Up fellowships ($1.9 million)
  • Reading Is Fundamental ($24.8 million)
  • Exchanges with Historic Whaling and Trading Partners ($8.8 million)
  • Arts in Education ($40 million)
  • Special Olympics education programs ($8.1 million)
  • Smaller Learning Communities ($88 million)
  • Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership ($63.9 million)
  • Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions ($15.1 million)
  • Tribally Controlled Postsecondary Vocational Institutions ($8.1 million)
  • Thurgood Marshall Legal Educational Opportunity Program ($3 million)
  • B.J. Stupak Olympic Scholarship Program ($1 million)

Contact info for your United States Senate
Sign the Pledge at Students First





20 Responses to Save Hogwarts

Avatar ImageHufflepuff31 says: I could not agree more. The cuts in education are very concerning. Avatar ImageTunyevens says: I do want to help. Thanks for the memo. I had no idea it was the people who need education the most who were being cut out. Transportaion should be the one cut; we can ride bicylces! (Won't work for alot, I know, but it's worth a shot for alot of people!)Avatar Imagegarfiun says: The way they keep cutting budgets, the children of the future will not have and of the opportunities that I had whilst at school, even after I left school. They also say that grades are low in schools as it is, so it will just get worse.Avatar ImageG.Weasley says: Cutting budgets! I can't believe it, last time I checked a child's education and health came first before all else and now they're cutting budgets. What the hell is going on here. I mean to me it sounds like pretty soon we're all going to be homeless and only because they wanted to cut funds. Get real.Avatar Imageladydars says: How terrible! If only the world's leaders were more Dumbledore-esque this sort of thing wouldn't have to happen... But thankfully there are people in the world like yourself who care enough to draw our attention to these things.Avatar ImageHogwartsLover says: I agree with everything in this article.I am so glad you wrote this. Kids should get a lot of education when young, or they will not be prepared for later in life. Budget cuts are cuts that hurt our kids, their education. I would love to read other comments about this to see what others think.Avatar Imagev4n33t4 says: im totallly with this!!Avatar ImageDorisTLC says: One of the most frustrating this for me is the amount of money we spend on some crazy things, and how little we spend on our childrens' education. The bad thing is, wealthy kids have parents who will send them to private schools to make up for the difference. The poor kids, who really need the help that public education affords them will be the ones to miss out.Avatar ImageOrb_Manson says: This problem has been happening over and over, and it's almost as if the government doesn't realize that it's just making everything worse. No one wants to take money from other areas that make us go into extreme debt *ahem--weapons--ahem*, because they clearly see that as more important. But I've seen first-hand the entire fine arts department of a school taken from a public school. I wouldn't have even attended my high school if I couldn't be in band, choir, and art, and help in speech, plays, and musicals. Is there even a point in going to school after that? I mean, other than the social interaction, and the pathetic excuse for public education?Avatar ImageDorisTLC says: And most students love school because of the love of those classes. It's a shame it's come to this it really is. While I know the budget is tight, I just feel that cutting these important programs and taking books from the hands of our poor children will be a huge disservice. We'll be paying for this mistake all of our lives.Avatar ImageOrb_Manson says: I think you mean the students will be suffering from it for all their lives. v.vAvatar ImageUncomfortable Hug says: Hey Dorris, This is so strange, because I just recently wrote an article about the same idea. http://uncomfortablehug.com/2011/03/hogwarts-drops-%E2%80%9Cdefense-against-the-dark-arts%E2%80%9D-classes-due-to-budget-cuts/ Hogwarts Drops "Defense Against the Dark Arts" Classes Due to Budget Cuts. I agree that the current budget cuts to those who would lead our country are disgraceful. Really, in my opinion, we have big corporations only pushing their agendas in government right now, so why should they care about our kids education? They don't want our kids to be better educated because then that's more power to the people. Anyway, thanks for your post. Avatar ImageFresca says: Congratulations on speaking out on this important issue. If Education neeeds are not properly financed it short changes all citizens. It is no wonder that China is surpassing the Western World in science just now! Education needs to stop being funded locally and instead be funded nationally or on a state by state basis. Not every local area can provide enough funds to meet the needs of its citizens!Avatar ImageLillylove says: Thank you, for posting this very important message. I think many folks do not truly understand what some of these cuts mean - especially if they do not directly affect you. Appreciate not only your voice, but also your action & assistance to encourage others to action as well!Avatar Imageayllasousa says: I totally loved this! Avatar ImageFarahey Sama Kabir says: SAVE HOGWARTS!Avatar ImageSlytherinQueen says: A very important message Buget cuts and eductation loss is extreemly concering so the message will get across easily, from people who are on the website to people who are not, to make the post get around quicker, so we can do something about it ASAP, I suggest that people copy and past and send people owls telling them about it, so they will pass it on to more people! :)Avatar ImageJulliah says: WWDD (what would Dumbledore Do?) thank you for the post, as i go to a private school i was not aware of the budget cuts in public schools. it is so sad that the people who need the schooling most are the first ones cut out of programs when our country cuts their budget. i personally will be doing every thing i can to help this situation and hope everyone else will too.Avatar ImageCassadoraTonks says: completely agree!Avatar Imagemascaraandbuildingblocks says: I love that you relate educational topics to Harry Potter! Amazing :)

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