The creative energy and passion in this video, which was written, directed, and filmed by Cleveland High School students, brings tears to my eyes. When I was a school-age child, I don't remember worrying every year about whether my school would have enough money. My second-grader knows that he doesn't have a music teacher this year because of budget cuts. Our kids hear us lament the fact that teachers are regularly losing their jobs because of inadequate school funding. What kind of message are we sending to our children? Clearly, we are saying that education doesn't matter enough.
I love this video, in which the students sing about the problems faced by public schools and urge Portlanders to vote for the bond measures. But underneath their message, I can't help thinking: they shouldn't have to do this. But they do.