Observations of America

I was back home in Indiana last week and got to play some golf with my old buddies and a significant change is apparent in them. Two are Junior High teachers and from what I have heard and know of them they are the kind of solid public education teachers that our nation has relied upon. They are in different school districts so when they asked each other how it was going their immediate responses were that they have to quit. One wanted to quit because his school district is basically non-function due to massive layoffs. The other felt compelled to quit for fear that he might kill someone, as in his frustration with his not being allowed to create any discipline for fear of being prosecuted.

Another observation came at the OSU Beaver football game while waiting in line for a latte. Two strangers but friends of each other were on either side of me comparing notes about the construction job opportunities in the state. One was without work and one was keeping employed thanks to stimulus dollars. As they talked about the total lack of any traditional construction it struck me how critical those stimulus dollars probably are in keeping our country from total collapse. And I think all of the non-Obama politicians know this but of course say that they would not have increased the debt for stimulus projects. I have a feeling no matter who gets into to office we won’t see any change. Unfortunately I worry that those who do get in may not be capable of understanding just how serious a situation we may be in.

Just some observations I felt I needed to write about.

About ghsmith76

Greg Smith has retired. His last position was the Interim CIO at Western Washington University. Prior to WWU Greg was the CIO at Missouri S&T, and before that the CIO for George Fox University in Newberg, OR. Greg went to the Northwest from the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology in Indianapolis, IN. where he served as the Director of IT for 8 years. Prior to the IT career in Academia, Greg was a Systems Consultant with Hewlett-Packard primarily with the Analytical Group working out of San Francisco,Cincinnati and Indianapolis. Greg's passion as a CIO in Higher Education comes from his belief that Technology can benefit Teaching & Learning.

Posted on November 1, 2010, in Education and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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