National Support Public Education Day 2021 is on Friday, July 30, 2021: Whats Wrong with the Department of Education
Friday, July 30, 2021 is National Support Public Education Day 2021. Support Child Education Helping with Educational Funding makes a Difference for Generations
Republican right-wing religious extremists who seized control of the GOP in Reagan days want to force their fundamentalist (fake) religion upon the rest of us by objecting to the Constitution's First Amendment provision for separation of church and state. Part of this Constitutionally-protected protection involves our taxpayer-funded public school system, which is overseen by the Department of Education in Washington D.C.---a centralized system that promotes continuity for national standards (among other duties) that keep U.S. public school students competitive with other nations' educational skill levels. While Republicans are in power and right-wing policies are firmly in place (2001 through 2008, for example), funding is drastically cut, lobbyists are appointed to be "in charge" of the Department of Education and thereby weaken its influences, and "church-y stuff" is ever so gradually snuck into as many curriculae as can be infiltrated by stealth religious-nut right-wing candidates on local school boards.
Under the Obama administration, with considerable help from education-supporting Democrats (and not one "aye" vote from any Republicans), the Department of Education's role has been strengthened (see whitehouse.gov) and its appointed leader Arne Duncan has begun a "race to the TOP" program for our nation's public schools that focuses on excellence for students, teachers, and parents so that we can once again be competitive with highest standards world-wide. One change has been that college loans can now be DIRECT LOANS made through the low-interest Department of Education, thus eliminating high-interest banks as middlemen and reducing the long-term costs of higher education. If you make good use of the whitehouse.gov site and click on Arne Duncan or on Education, you should be able to discern all sorts of positive changes and role expansions for our Department of Education under Democrats.
When is secretaries day?
Administrative Professionals Day formerly known as Secretary's Day is an unofficial secular holiday observed on the Wednesday of the last full week of April (i.e. April 26, 2006; April 25, 2007; April 23, 2008), to recognize the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists, and other administrative support professionals.
National Secretaries Week was created in 1952 through the work of Harry F. Klemfuss of Young & Rubicam, in conjunction with the National Secretaries Association, now known as the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP). His goal was to encourage more people to consider careers in the secretarial/administrative support field. Using his skill and experience in public relations, Klemfuss promoted the values and importance of the job of administrative assistants. In doing so, he also created the holiday in recognition of the importance of administrative assistants.
The official period of appreciation/"celebration" was first proclaimed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Charles Sawyer as "National Secretaries Week," which was held June 1-7 in 1952, with Wednesday, June 4, 1952 designated National Secretaries Day. The first Secretaries' Day was held in that year by the National Secretaries Association (now the IAAP), with the support of an association of corporate groups.
In 1955, the observance date of National Secretaries Week was moved to the last full week of April. The name was changed to Professional Secretaries Week in 1981, and became Administrative Professionals Week in 2000 to encompass the expanding responsibilities and wide-ranging job titles of administrative support staff.
Over the years, Administrative Professionals Week has become one of the largest workplace observances. The event is "celebrated" worldwide, bringing together millions of people for community events, social gatherings, and individual corporate activities recognizing support staff with gifts of appreciation. In the United States, the day is often "celebrated" by giving one's assistant flowers, candy, small gifts, lunch at a restaurant, and time off.
The International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), the sole official sponsor of Administrative Professionals Week and Administrative Professionals Day, suggests that employers show their support for the holiday, and their staff, by providing training opportunities for their administrative staff, whether through continuing education, self-study materials, or seminars.
Are schools more about business than education now a days?
Are you talking about k-12 or colleges and universities? The k-12 issue is that not everyone believes that it's worthwhile educating all children. That was a very controversial idea when Horace Mann put it forward in the 1800s, and while people give lip service to the importance of education now, many really don't want to pay for it. So yes, funding for k-12 education is being cut in many states.
Funding for higher ed is also being cut. Some politicians believe that students and their families should bear most of the expense. The problem with that is that it means only the children of the wealthy can get an education. In developing countries, education is considered an investment of public funds- economists can tell you exactly how much the gross national income will increase with every level of increase in education. In the U.S., we take education for granted and we don't see that putting money into the system results in benefits for all of us- more productive companies, more development of new products, more educated voters, etc.