To The Daily Sun,
CNN provided an article which offers the following quote: “A little knowledge poses a real danger to authoritarianism and the mindless following of orders.” This point of view does make it clear, that the reason some political groups want education stymied as it would provide a more informed labor force. N.H. unions provide much of this needed education which runs against certain trends of political thought. People who are more educated, are more knowledgeable about their rights and rationale for the higher earningsand benefits they seek.
Governor Sununu does provide a good direction for education in attempting to have increased kindergarten here in N.H. However, he also asked for a 50 percent increase in his pay, without providing a corresponding increase in pay for those who work for N.H.'s citizens, the state employees. If the governor gets a pay raise, then those who work for the state should also receive a pay raise. If one has education, being informed of this travesty, it would seem reasonable to raise questions of discrimination of the governor versus those who work for the state. It is most unacceptable our governor gets this raise while state employees do not. This governor adamantly promoted the "Right to Work" bill, which in actuality does not promote right to work "rights."
State employees have not received a pay raise that corresponds with the current increases in standard of living costs in many years. They are among the hardest work forces in N.H.! They have families just like citizens in N.H. Since they are uniquely educated in the specialties that cover the well being of this state, they can see what is happening to them, as well as its impact on citizens. With this knowledge, with salaries that do not compete with the private sector, it has been difficult to either recruit or retain highly qualified individuals in the N.H. government sector. This needs to change.
While there may be those who would oppose such pay increases, we need to remember, that the days of volunteering our personal time are gone. To insist that employees continue in this concept is an insult to those dedicated to assisting N.H.'s citizens, especially the most vulnerable. This includes disabled, children from challenged family environment, seniors and many more. The demands for public assistance continues to grow among those vulnerable. In some cases, even the employees may need help just to survive given that their salaries have not kept pace with the cost of living. This then comes from sources that tax payers are burdened to pay. This is not cost effective.
Education is a bad word for some groups. Actually, this point of view is understandable. One political party has remained aloof to those whom they seek their voice. The other political party seems bent on taking away the programs to help the affected groups. It is clear that neither political party is really listening to its citizens. Educated people see these values clearly more than those who have less. A person who is genuinely educated, also can relate to those who are less educated. There is a vision that embraces the entirety of human existence. Such a person can comprehend the total needs of the vulnerable citizens more than those who retain their aloofness. Education, when properly provided, promotes compassion and understanding of those less fortunate.
Lack of education of the employed, empowers those more financially endowed and being so aloof to further abuse and take advantage of those less fortunate. By providing good education, whether it is skilled labor or college degrees, these employees can better position themselves in the bargaining position for wages. Perhaps the cost of living could be stabilized by providing this advanced education that commences in high school, then being carried over into the skilled education and advanced education opportunities.
Education today offers an opportunity for employees to not only better their position in life, but also helps promote their well being and the health for their families as well as safety. It also offers employees to promote their status in the workforce and better their bargaining stance. This education apparently is feared by those much more fortunate, hence their attack on the education system.
In the long run, education helps everyone. A well informed workforce actually is good for employers and creates a safer and more stable working conditions. Everyone wins with advanced education whether it be skilled labor, or white collar educated professionals, or employers. Education can change an authoritarian environment to that of a team oriented approach to fulfilling a business or state enterprise mission statement and goals.
Robert T. Joseph, Jr.