Wednesday, April 28, 2010


"Thousands of New Jersey high school students walked out of class Tuesday to protest budget cuts, a statewide event organized through text messages and social networking websites.

Students at Rancocas Valley High School in Burlington County left school just before 8 a.m. to show their support for teachers in light of Governor Chris Christie's proposed education cuts in the state budget.

...The NJEA says students are "engaging in civil disobedience" but shouldn't walk out of classes.

Governor Christie's office responded with the following statement: "First, students belong in the classroom, and we hope all efforts were made to curtail student walkouts. It is also our firm hope that the students were motivated by youthful rebellion or spring fever – and not by encouragement from any one-sided view of the current budget crisis in New Jersey. Students would be better served if they were given a full, impartial understanding of the problems that got us here in the first place and why dramatic action was needed."

There is no way that these kids decided to walk out on their own, unless, of course, they saw this as a way to miss a few hours of class. This was organized by the union. Maybe not explicitly but I'd be willing to bet enough was said in the classroom to spark this.

For all the breathless reporting this isn't a story of righteous anger but a story of blatant manipulation of children. These kids don't have a stake in the fight. They don't pay taxes and, truth be told, really don't care how much their teachers earn or have any idea how to relate wages to real life.

Now, what would be a story is if these urchins were told that, to offset the additional taxation necessary to pay the wages and benefits of the union teachers, the kids would have to sacrifice their cell phones, i-pods and video game players, and they agreed. But, the fact of the matter is that if the kids had to foot the bill they'd sing a different tune. If they were faced with a decision like the ones their parents are faced with everyday, and had to balance the bloated salaries of teachers against paying for the necessities of life, this march would have been in favor of the governor's plan.

This is just another example of union and media manipulation of a story to suit a political agenda. It's a shame they are using kids to meet their ends.

The end justifies the means.

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