A good education is the easiest way to move up the socio-economic ladder. A good education both checks the box that many employers look for and forms a foundation for the ability to critically think. We need to keep our schools open, and close out the politics. Our youth need to be taught to critically think rather than be steeped in critical race theory or indoctrinated in a political party’s ideology. Our teachers deserve to be paid better for the critical role they play not just in a child’s future, but in the future of our society as a whole. Teachers are a major force in the lives of children and their families, and are a compass in the establishment of what is ethical and moral. It’s critical that parents at the local level are empowered to have an active role in making sure the education their children receive reflect fundamental values that compliment what they learn from their parents.