As this is being written, 31 Macon County teachers have their jobs on the virtual chopping block. They are awaiting word on whether their words will continue to be heard by their students. Budgetary downsizing is prompting the evaluation and possible elimination of these nontenured positions. While the present educational fiscal crunch is relatively new, the events leading up to it are not. Too much emphasis has been placed on “school” as a physical building at the expense of actual schooling.
Education, especially public/government education is consistently behind the curve in innovation which is an ironic position to say the least. Businesses are discovering that the big box, brick and mortar approach to retail may be going the way of the parachute pants. Our educational system has not received the memo that high overhead with bloated administrative and operational costs isn't the best way to run things, especially in a cash-strapped environment.