Enema of the State

I think I said most everything I had to say about the situation in Wisconsin in my last entry, but I am reminded of the weirdness I once had to live with:

As most of you probably know, I attended the University of North Carolina, which of course prides itself on being the First State University. My folks were nice enough to pay my way through for my B.A., but when I decided a year or so later that I wanted to pursue my M.A.T., I took out a student loan. Six months after I finished my master's degree, I started paying back that loan. A year later, just as we were getting ready to have our first child, I took a job teaching in Fayetteville for the Cumberland County School System.

It was somewhere around the third or fourth month of staggering through my first year of teaching (which was also my first year of parenting, my first year living outside of Chapel Hill, and my first year of varsity soccer coaching) that I understood the bigger picture of what was happening:


1) To get my teaching certificate from the state of North Carolina, I had to pay the state of North Carolina money.
2) To get the money to pay the state of North Carolina for my teaching certificate, I borrowed money from the state of North Carolina.
3) To pay back the state of North Carolina for my teaching certificate, I took a teaching job from the state of North Carolina.
4) To compensate me for teaching, the state of North Carolina paid me a monthly salary.
5) Because I owed it money, the state of North Carolina charged me a monthly fee.

Basically, I was completely unnecessary to the whole process. I was simply a way for the state of North Carolina to move its money around.

This did not give me greater pride in my job.

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