In his letter to Congress on June 12, President Obama called for a “Teacher Firing Prevention Fund.” Now, I’m as much in favor of teachers as the next person. My mom was a teacher. I sometimes travel around the country speaking in favor of better funding for early childhood education, which I think is very important. I run a business, Visible Economy, that combines news and education. Human capital, and especially education, is essential for the U.S. economic future.
But, boy, if Obama wants to make a case for more money for elementary and secondary education, calling it a Teacher Firing Prevention Fund is just not the way to go. Why not a Factory Worker Firing Prevention Fund? Or a Journalist Firing Prevention Fund? After all, everyone’s pay contributes equally to the macroeconomy–doesn’t everyone’s jobs deserve protection?