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debris lays scattered
walked on, stepped on, discarded
unimportant trash

Daily Haiku #19
Word Challenge:  Debris
The Haiku Challenge

I am revolted by what is happening in Wisconsin right now.  The state had a budget surplus, frittered it away by giving additional tax breaks to large businesses, and is now attempting to balance the budget on the backs of teachers.  The ultimate victim?  The children.

American education is on the decline because we are not properly funding it.  The sense of entitlement is outrageous.  The desire to have a “world class” educational system without paying for it is insane!  We will not compete globally unless we can produce people who can think.  This will not be done by creating an educational system that focuses on passing tests rather than on critical thinking skills. 

Shame on you Wisconsin!

Accusing teachers of “lucrative” jobs and pensions.  Really?  Are you serious?

Bravo to the democratic lawmakers boycotting the vote.  Balancing the budget on the back of teachers who guide our most precious resource is shameful.

A good article is here.


  1. danroberson said on February 19, 2011
    Education is not profit producing and therefore thought worthless.That has always been part of the problem. However, what most don't think about is educated people produce more profit and also run the country as well as most of the businesses. Many countries send their future leaders to be refined by our education system. Our country's strength has been our educated populace. Let those who have NOT been educated cast the first stones (or votes) against education.
    1. chocolatebarsforthoughts said on February 19, 2011
      Dan, I wish there was a like button for comments! Absolutely, "Let those who have NOT been educated cast the first stones (or votes) against education."
  2. megzone said on February 19, 2011
    omg.. that was thought provocating...
  3. trisha said on February 19, 2011
    beautiful haiku and thoughtful article. I wish there were people like you in India too. Yes, its impossible to get world class education without paying for it.
  4. Mike Patrick said on February 19, 2011
    Political haiku? I love it.
  5. Bodhirose said on February 19, 2011
    Love your haiku and love this article that sheds light on this sad state of affair in Wisconsin. But similar stories are happening across our country. The politicians in this country are absolutely ridiculous. It burns me up to think what is happening at the cost of our children's education. Can they not see that what they are doing is bringing about the downfall of our country? Education is the backbone and strength of our nation.
    1. chocolatebarsforthoughts said on February 19, 2011
      You are absolutely right. But the pursuit of the immediate dollar outweighs the long term good, apparently. Makes me just a wee bit irritated!
  6. vivinfrance said on February 19, 2011
    Terrific haiku; rightly passionate article. But it's not just Wisconsin getting priorities wrong: it's all over the world. Who's to blame? Greedy bankers and self-serving politicians.
  7. sonsy lass said on February 19, 2011
    When I worked in the nursery sector I found the knock-on effects of educational poverty across families, across the generations tragic at times. Memorable and thought-provoking.
  8. Paulo Guimaraes said on February 19, 2011
    Beautiful haiku! Been seeing the cuts in my area too. Some of the public schools have closed and a few Catholic schools will also be closing. I have been fortunate that my daughter's school is safe, for now, : (.
  9. Someone is Special said on February 20, 2011
    OMG, beautiful and thoughtful Haiku.. Someone is Special
  10. lolamouse said on February 20, 2011
    Thank you for visiting my blog and for your kind comments. I love your haiku as well. And I totally agree with on the education issue. Our country is totally backwards. We pay football stars and celebrities millions of dollars but complain when teachers, who work long hours with little appreciation and often blame for children's problems, want a raise. We expect them to be educators, social workers, counselors, sex educators, disciplinarians, and day care providers but pay them like fast food workers. It's shameful!
  11. Jamie Dedes said on February 21, 2011
    Lovely haiku. Righteous outrage. Ageed. Good for you blogging about it. Kudos!

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