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I am a retired elementary school teacher just trying to do the right thing

The End is Near



Public education is our nation’s most important asset that is responsible for protecting and nurturing our nation’s most precious asset, our children. Public Education is about to be dismantled and sold off to the highest bidder in every state of our nation. Trump’s legacy will someday describe this real estate scoundrel as the demolition expert that has destroyed an American institution that began in 1690.  Unfortunately, a large portion of our populace do not realize that the end is near.

No matter which party you support or who you voted for, you will soon feel the real pain of a Trump administration. Some have said, we may survive four years of Trump, but will we survive many years of an ultra-Right Wing Supreme Court? Will we survive a Tea party controlled Congress? Will our schools survive?

The “end” for public education is one step closer with Trump’s pick for Education Secretary billionaire Betsy DeVos. DeVos is a conservative activist that has pushed for school vouchers across the nation. She supports raiding taxpayer revenues and funneling them to private and parochial schools. She has no experience in education and will be the chief architect in Trump’s demolition plan.

Trump’s demolition plan includes the destruction of unions. The very same unions that advocate for highly effective schools, strong standards that are appropriate, school safety, and protect the needs of our most challenged students.   Trump has signaled that he would establish Right to Work laws nationwide. Trump’s plan would impede all unions’ abilities to provide the much-needed advocacy that has protected our schools and in turn our middle class.

The end will arrive for many of our union sisters and brothers when a Trump Supreme Court dismantles public unions’ bargaining rights and his wrecking ball destroys tenure protections. Public schools will be immediately impacted when teachers that advocate for their students are fired without due process. Public schools will be systematically taken over by private for profit corporations that will not be subjected to collective bargaining. Profits and the bottom line will be the only measure that is important.

The end is near for public pensions. Trump’s demolition crew is about to blow up a system that has allowed hard working public sector employees to contribute to a system that would protect them in their end years. Trump’s crew will raid our pensions and turn them over to his private sector buddies. Public sector employees will now face the same questionable future as the private sector workers who have lost their future.

The end is near for our curricula. Our Science programs will be distorted with creationists warped views, Social Studies will be used as a tool to indoctrinate and not liberate the mind. The Arts will be lost forever. The focus will be on a false accountability system, based on a failed business model invented in some boardroom.

The end is near for our freedoms. Our freedom to worship as we choose, love who we choose, opine as we choose and severely limit our individual life choices. Trump’s demolition crew is about to dismantle our Inalienable Rights.  Disguised as the Righteous, his crew is about to destroy the very fabric of our nation.

We all know what we witnessed the day after election day. Many of us saw our own union sisters and brothers celebrate Trump’s win. Many of us lashed out on social media and even got into heated arguments. We could not believe that our sisters and brothers and even our loved ones failed to see that Trumps win will destroy us all.

If we put aside Trumps racism, bigoted, misogynist statements. We are still left with the unpleasant truth that the end is near. Unfortunately, it will be pain that will eventually open the eyes of many of our union sisters and brothers. The pain will be swift and devastating. It will be too late for I told you so’s. It will be our demise. Unless we stop him!

Resist! Resist! Resist! Put your niceties aside. Inform, argue, debate and be relentless. Boycott when told to, protest when you can. Throw up roadblocks, stand your ground. Don’t accept “maybe things will get better” or give him a chance. All the signs are there. Point everyone out. Point every threat to our way of life. Point out every conflict, every attack, every enemy.

Do what we do best. Teach! Teach others how the end is near and how it will be a reality if we do not wake up. Our national nightmare is here.

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6 thoughts on “The End is Near

  1. thejoyofteaching on said:

    I am so sad to have to agree with you on all points. Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of this is that those who are most likely to suffer the most are among Trump’s biggest supporters. Privatizing public education. Who thinks this is a good idea?

  2. Shawn Cooper on said:

    OMG this is soooo bad, I’m surrounded by people who think I’m chicken little. Sadly angry well off people with jobs who think it’s great. If I hear “give him a chance”1 more time I can’t be held responsible for my actions!! The media isn’t helping, at all. So really now what, I’ve called every legislator(justice dept,UN New York AG), signed petitions, reached out to local churches ( who don’t want to get involved w/ politics & think this is America stuff like this can’t happen here) & posted on sites for a protest….nothing. Feeling frustrated & deflated & more desperate than ever…WTF REALLY

  3. I appreciate your post and sense of urgency about this and believe you’re right that most are not aware of the rapid and far-reaching plans to decimate public education. In case the following collection may help as a tool to share about problems with unchecked charter growth and privatization, please explore and share: http://bit.ly/chart_look

  4. dbunger on said:

    Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

  5. Mr.Ratto,
    Thank you for your denunciation of Trump’s latest pick. I have cross posted some of your dire warnings for actives in Illinois/Midwest to review. This is bad, very bad. In other arenas, worse will come I’m afraid.

  6. Reblogged this on Random Thinking and commented:
    Well said with a non-negotiable call to action.

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