Democracy?

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The United States Senate is composed of two Senators from each state regardless of population. The House of Representatives is the legislative body where members are elected based on population, (i.e., New York has more representatives than Wyoming because there are more people in New York). As such, the House is the people’s voice… until recently.

As they cut funding for education technology, members of the House are spending taxpayer dollars on technology that makes it more difficult to contact them.

Members of the House are widely adopting logic puzzles as a way to authenticate e-mail sent to their office. This is on top of several other items required when e-mailing Congress. First, you have to go through their personal site and include your name, address, zip code, and then answer a logic puzzle. Once all of that is completed, you are free to e-mail your Representative. By the way, all this technology is taxpayer-supported, and yet it is far more difficult to e-mail your representative than to e-mail the President or your local leaders.

This comes at a time when the House Funding committee has eliminated education technology state grants. A program to provide funding for schools to purchase, operate and utilize technology. Worthy uses of these resources include

  • training teachers
  • purchasing software and hardware
  • creating computer labs in schools

All of which are items necessary to increase our international competitiveness and make education more relevant.

To sum up the past week’s events: Congress eliminates technology programs for schools and Congress makes it more difficult than ever to receive e-mails from constituents.

Maybe it is time to e-mail Congress, if you have a computer, and can solve a logic puzzle.

1 COMMENT

  1. It seems to me that mixing these two issues are incoherent. Funding for education is out of sight and wasted. I had my three kids in public schools for most of their education, my daughter graduated from a public high school, but in 9th grade I had to put my sons in private school. They were damaged goods by the public education system. They both graduated H.S. but the experience that I had 30 years ago is gone. I spent $98,000 for that private school experience for them. Meanwhile, I am paying around $2000 in school district taxes annually and the funding for each student averages are around $10,000 anually in the district, which did not benefit me much. All of my kids are in college now but they are struggling. Our education system is wrecked. No teacher can be fired. The teacher union seems to have insulated themselves from accountability. We need to have more accountability. I watched a program on C-SPAN that interviewed school admin’s in Europe and they had to compete for students and funding. We need something like that here.
    Ken

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