"One final word for Tim Walz. Now that you are retired, go fishing. Enjoy your teacher pension, your Army pension and your congressional pension. As far as being Governor is concerned, it is time for new light in a dark corner. And that light is Jeff Johnson."
Anyone else been reading the news as of late? About how our stubborn education test scores have flummoxed even the wisest statists? What the what? After ALL that money, time, effort, studies, outside experts, blah, blah and BLAH, and all they have come up with is ZIP. Math, reading, flat lined. Or maybe even regressing a bit. And the achievement gap? Bigger than ever. What is the cause? What are the solutions. Behold - Tim Walz the schoolteacher is on the scene!
The Honorable Tim Walz, retired schoolteacher, retired Army Reservist, has told us over and over and over again that he is the answer man to our education woes. In fact, Mr. Tim does not understand why the rest of us don't understand. This is so simple. We are not fully funded - mostly because of those stingy Republicans. It is that simple. It is easy peasy. Just fund it. In other words, when you car is in the ditch, all you need do is to drive harder and faster. Or not.
Earth to Tim Walz. The good people, the taxpayers of the State of Minnesota, are spending a boat load of money on educating our youngins. In Minneapolis, where the spending is the highest, we are getting the worst results. Mr. Walz, if your campaign was not bought and paid for by Education Minnesota, you could see the situation as clearly as your opponent, Jeff Johnson does. You see, Jeff knows that when your car is in the ditch, you don't drive harder and faster. You change direction to GET OUT OF THE DITCH!
Jeff is convinced by changing the way we educate, we can get better results for less money. Many education experts who are not union lackeys agree with him. Here is the problem. Dell Computer recently funded a study on the future of jobs. What they found was startling - and sobering. 85% of the jobs which will exist in 2030, do not exist today. Let that sink in for just a minute. A kid starting first grade will graduate in 2030. We need to be prepping these kids for jobs that don't yet exist. When? Now, for when those first graders graduate. And yet today, we have kids who have trouble reading or doing math.
Tim Walz is a fossil in the way he thinks about education. So are the fine folks in Education Minnesota. We need iconoclasts who will come in and break the status quo. We live in the age of information, everywhere. Just about everything you need to know is at your fingertips. And yet, our reading and math scores remain flat. We have an achievement gap which has no excuse to be as big as it is. In fact, it should be zero.
This November the choice for Governor is crystal clear. In fact, it has never been more clear. Vote for Tim Walz, who will continue the status quo, who will raise your taxes (his words), who will throw more money at our broken, dysfunctional school system, or - vote for change.
Jeff Johnson and Donna Bergstrom are committed to change. To breaking the status quo. To making Minnesota better for ALL Minnesotans. Nothing which is broken or in need of repair will go un-noticed. For the first time in just about forever, Minnesota is going to work better for a lot less cash (tax dollars).
The next time you hear a debate between Walz and Johnson, where the DFL response to our education woes is "we need to fully fund it", think about our first graders. To fully fund a broken system is a disservice to every first grader in the state. However, when Jeff Johnson says we need to fix it instead, fixing it the right way offers hope to those first graders.
One final word for Tim Walz. Now that you are retired, go fishing. Enjoy your teacher pension, your Army pension and your congressional pension. As far as being Governor is concerned, it is time for new light in a dark corner. And that light is Jeff Johnson.