If you can’t count, you don’t count.
Perhaps that‘s not literally true, but it’s clear that in the future, decent jobs will increasingly head for numerate cities. With the halving of school resources over the last few years, it looks like Raleigh wants to make quite sure that our kids “don’t count.” Defeating this brazen attack on our own and our kids’ future will need volunteer efforts over the long haul, not one-time flashes in the pan.
We need long-term stable income for the Asheville City Schools Foundation to offset the worsening state of textbooks and other resources and to fund in- and after-school programs
UNCA’s Asheville Initiative for Mathematics needs the resources to extend its existing Marvelous Math Club program.
There need to be more out-of-school programs supporting kids through the drudgery of math homework as well as the fun of math exploration.
Math-averse parents and grandparents need somewhere to find support so that they can be a positive, rather than a negative, influence on our students’ homework.
The city continues to fritter away precious resources on things like $3 million-a-mile greenways from nowhere to nowhere, so overcoming Raleigh’s malign neglect toward our future is a job for the rest of us. After all, neither tourists nor retirees can guarantee prosperity — they are transients with little or no incentive to care about our city’s future.
But as the man said: “Failure is not an option.” Otherwise, as Asheville sinks into another half-century-long slumber, your expensive home will become worthless, and your rent will grow far beyond your ability to pay.
— Geoff Kemmish