Groover’s deficit

“All our schools should be high quality schools … We have to take some bold measures, even in light of the budget situation.” Unfortunately, those were not the words of President Daniel Mark Fogel.Those were the words of Rev. Gregory G. Groover Sr., the new chairman of the Boston School Committee.He recently announced that he is committed to improving all of the Boston public schools even in a time of economic catastrophe. That is the attitude that we as students and professors need to promote on campus. Obviously, some sacrifice will have to be made, but to keep education a priority is wise and necessary. If we don’t stand up for a more comprehensive and balanced plan for dealing with this financial disaster, then every one of us will suffer, and the future of our country will be put in jeopardy. Our economy is driven by technology and creativity; if we put education on the back burner, then we set ourselves up for another economic catastrophe in future years.We live in the age of a global economy and we need well-educated students that are able to compete. We need creative solutions to the world’s social and economic problems. Fogel’s current proposal – which lets education suffer as a means of solving the budget problem – is like taking painkillers as a cure for cancer. It might make us feel better, but will not fix the problem in the long run. Fogel should take a tip from Groover, because cutting jobs and increasing the student-to-faculty ratio might be able to solve the current financial crisis, but only at the expense of our education. But Fogel and the Staff Council are not going to change their minds if we stay quiet. All of us need to speak up together. When we sat down at the Cynic meeting this week, we asked Ryan Walker, one of our more conservative columnist, where the conservatives fell on the issue of Fogel’s plan to deal with the financial crises with layoffs.He didn’t have a distinctly conservative response. He was just as concerned about the layoffs as the rest of us. The reality is that the budget crisis here on campus is not an issue that follows red and blue lines.It won’t just affect students or teachers, athletes or musicians; it is going to affect everyone, and no one, not even conservatives, want to see layoffs and budget cuts. Larger class sizes and increased tuition will undeniably affect all of us on campus. If you care about your education, if you don’t want to pay more for fewer professors, then you have to become proactive. Be heard! Let Fogel know that the students will not stand to let their education suffer.