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      Education is a  reflection of society.&amp;<span class="entity">nbsp;</span> The values of  the government and the people are the values of their teachers, administrators,  and, ultimately, students.&amp;<span class="entity">nbsp;</span> For many  decades, the American Dream has been that every generation would have a higher  standard of living than the one before it.&amp;<span class="entity">nbsp;</span>  A chicken in every pot was not enough.&amp;<span class="entity">nbsp;</span>  It had to be a Revere Ware pot on the newest stove, to be served in a  bigger house.&amp;<span class="entity">nbsp;</span> The field of advertising  either led this charge, or responded to it, I'm not sure which, but the goal of  &amp;<span class="entity">quot;</span>Keeping Up With The Jones's&amp;<span class="entity">quot;</span> became a high priority to the citizens  of this country.&lt;/<span class="end-tag">p</span>&gt;

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  It has taken these  decades for the problem of this philosophy to catch up with us, but catch up  with us it has.&amp;<span class="entity">nbsp;</span> More Americans feel as  if the right to wealth is written into the Constitution, or the right to a  perpetually growing standard of living, than at any previous point in our  history.&amp;<span class="entity">nbsp;</span> How and why are not at issue,  nor is the cost.&amp;<span class="entity">nbsp;</span> These beliefs are  expressed at all levels of politics - from the White House to State House to  Town Hall.&lt;/<span class="end-tag">p</span>&gt;

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</pre><pre id="line66">  We have a president who  can afford several residences, who vetoes extended unemployment benefits during  a recession while approving five airplanes, each of which would cost as much as  those benefits.&amp;<span class="entity">nbsp;</span> We have a chief  executive who wants money for Federal Emergency Assistance to be taken out of  low income housing and other social services' budgets.&lt;/<span class="end-tag">p</span>&gt;

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  In the Massachusetts  State House, the Governor eliminated a $150 clothing allowance for welfare  children, and has presided over the continuing reduction of state aid for  education.&amp;<span class="entity">nbsp;</span> He has, on the other hand,  produced a budget surplus.&lt;/<span class="end-tag">p</span>&gt;

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</pre><pre id="line72">  In Brookline, the school  committee has decided not to participate in the school choice plan that might  allow too many non-resident children into its schools, and would threaten to  reduce the reputed quality of its education.&amp;<span class="entity">nbsp;</span>  Brookline does allow a certain small number of them to pay tuition, but  that's different.&lt;/<span class="end-tag">p</span>&gt;

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  People without children  say &amp;<span class="entity">quot;</span>Why should I support the schools?&amp;<span class="entity">nbsp;</span>  I don't have any children.&amp;<span class="entity">quot;</span>&lt;/<span class="end-tag">p</span>&gt;

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  People with children, in  affluent communities, say &amp;<span class="entity">quot;</span>Why should I support the schools in other  towns?&amp;<span class="entity">nbsp;</span> My children don't go there, they  go here (or to private school).&amp;<span class="entity">quot;</span>&lt;/<span class="end-tag">p</span>&gt;

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  People with children in  poor communities, or in the urban areas say &amp;<span class="entity">quot;</span>Why should I support the  schools?&amp;<span class="entity">nbsp;</span> My children aren't going to  college.&amp;<span class="entity">quot;</span>&lt;/<span class="end-tag">p</span>&gt;

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  People everywhere say  &amp;<span class="entity">quot;</span>Why should we support the schools at all?&amp;<span class="entity">nbsp;</span> They aren't doing the job.&amp;<span class="entity">nbsp;</span>  Not like when I was a child!&amp;<span class="entity">quot;</span>&lt;/<span class="end-tag">p</span>&gt;

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  So long as the criterion  upon which the schools are measured is when you were a child, they will never  measure up.&amp;<span class="entity">nbsp;</span> Memories are impossible to  match.&lt;/<span class="end-tag">p</span>&gt;

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  So long as your child's  future is your sole criterion, your grandchildren will have no future, either.&lt;/<span class="end-tag">p</span>&gt;

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  If the basis for your  decision to support other community's schools is your own town's school's  success, your school is failing, and your town is at risk.&lt;/<span class="end-tag">p</span>&gt;

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  If a lack of children  brings you to decide not to support the schools, you might as well die  now.&amp;<span class="entity">nbsp;</span> You are not a part of the future of  the human race.&lt;/<span class="end-tag">p</span>&gt;

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</pre><pre id="line102">  Society is a reflection  of our schools.&amp;<span class="entity">nbsp;</span> If our schools become  places in which a person's behavior is more important than that person's  wealth, in which a person's health is more important than that person's grades,  and in which a person's self-esteem is more important than that person's  academic knowledge, then society will reflect that caring.&lt;/<span class="end-tag">p</span>&gt;

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