I came to the realization long ago that when one is informed it becomes their duty to pass along the information that is important (and occasionally not so important) to others.
Being informed for me has meant that I have become more politically active and out spoken than I ever thought possible for myself. If you know me, I am out spoken as it is, adding politics to the situation only makes things... interesting.
Currently in our country teachers jobs are being cut like it's the governments job to make public school a worse place than it already is. In States like California and New York (just two examples I am using, I am positive that this happens in more places) Schools are already over crowded, teachers are over worked and underpaid. To add insult to injury, the government plans on cutting thousands, literally, of teaching positions to help take care of the deficit.
THIS IS A TERRIBLE IDEA! This idea is worse than bailing out the banks and auto industry combined. Don't let our schools become a place where education is second to crowd control. Schools are bad enough as it is, we don't need them to become worse, they need to get better. Cutting teaching jobs and combining classes isn't going to solve the problem, act up and do something about it.
If you are doubting the difference that teachers truly make in students lives, watch this video of Taylor Mali, a New York City school teacher, performing his poem, "What Teachers Make".