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Cutting education is not good way to balance budget

To the editor,

Education should not be included in the budget cuts.

For many states, education has been one of the areas cut to balance budgets. Of the 50 states, 36, including Georgia, have either cut or propose to cut funds for education. Georgia has cut millions of dollars in education, and the state plans to cut even more.

This is not a smart choice for our state. By educating our youth, we are making an investment in the future of our state and our country. Education adds to our human capital. Human capital is very important because if our physical capital is destroyed, say through war or natural disaster, our state and country can be revitalized faster and more efficiently if our citizens have a significant amount of human capital.

Cutting education is the wrong decision because in order for our state and country to grow, we need human capital. Educating our youth is one of the most important things we can do for them, and we don't need to give it to them half-heartedly. We should give them every opportunity to get a great education, not one that has not been cut in half because of a budget crisis.

Our kids are our future, and it is our obligation to give them a firm foundation to grow on. That firm foundation needs to be a top-of-the-line education that they can use to develop new ideas for our society and those of the future.

William McCorkle Sr. Georgia College and State University

Web posted on Thursday, February 10, 2011

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