Make ed­u­ca­tion equal for ev­ery­one

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

In 2016, over 1 mil­lion peo­ple were liv­ing in Mont­gomery County, with an av­er­age house­hold an­nual in­come of over $90,000 dol­lars. For the most part, Democrats hold most of the sig­nif­i­cant govern­men­tal po­si­tions through­out the county. It also should be noted that Mont­gomery County is a sanc­tu­ary ju­ris­dic­tion.

First off, all stu­dents, in my es­ti­ma­tion, should be given the op­por­tu­nity to re­ceive an ad­e­quate ed­u­ca­tion re­gard­less of ZIP code, and I do not want to ar­gue whether or not a sanc­tu­ary en­vi­ron­ment is a good or bad sys­tem. How­ever, I do wish to point out in this letter that pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion chal­lenges ex­ist be­cause of the in­abil­ity of most elected and hired pub­lic ser­vants to ad­e­quately serve all the peo­ple in­cluded in the sanc­tu­ary poli­cies they pro­mote.

Around a decade ago, Mont­gomery County schools were con­sid­ered to be the best in Mary­land; how­ever, since then, ac­cord­ing to the web­site schooldig­, they have re­gressed and are now ranked sev­enth in the state. This pre­cip­i­tous drop can and should be at­trib­uted to the fact that sanc­tu­ary ju­ris­dic­tions lure in many His­panic peo­ple who are ham­pered by the fact that English is not their pri­mary lan­guage.

Folks, here are the facts: This rank­ing sys­tem lists 163 high schools through­out Mary­land, and 18 Mont­gomery County high schools are listed.

The top eight county high schools are ranked 14th through 80th and are pre­dom­i­nantly non-mi­nor­ity schools. Nine of the next 10 schools are with rank­ings from 95th through 141st and one of the most sig­nif­i­cant fac­tors in their low rank­ing is prob­a­bly that mi­nori­ties com­prise over 50 per­cent of the stu­dent body. I be­lieve that some of the elected and hired ed­u­ca­tional pub­lic ser­vants in Mont­gomery County work fever­ishly to­ward im­prov­ing the lives of all of the stu­dents they teach. May God bless them.

So, what is to be done?

Sanc­tuar y ju­ris­dic­tions, as long as they ex­ist, should al­ways pro­tect all in­hab­i­tants with dig­nity and pro­vide the chil­dren with the nec­es­sary ed­u­ca­tional tools that will as­sist them in the fu­ture. If you wel­come them, then you should em­brace them. Where do we look for changes? I be­lieve peo­ple who re­side in Mont­gomery County should look at their elected and hired lead­ers and de­mand that their poli­cies not be used as a pop­u­lar vote-get­ter, but as a com­pas­sion­ate sys­tem of gov­er­nance where chil­dren re­ceive the same ed­u­ca­tion re­gard­less of their ZIP code.

Fi­nally, in Mont­gomer y County, rich elite pro­gres­sives live in pro­tected sanc­tuar y ar­eas where they re­ceive a qual­ity pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion while poor chil­dren live in crime-in­fested ar­eas with sub­stan­dard ed­u­ca­tion. I be­lieve that some­times elected lead­ers pass leg­is­la­tion with good in­ten­tions; how­ever, they fail to fol­low through on their prom­ises to the most vul­ner­a­ble. Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials should make ed­u­ca­tion equal for all. After all, we are the peo­ple.

John Pe­tralia, Sun­der­land

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