Schools in the central Wisconsin congressional district of U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wis.) are struggling to fund their current operations in light of Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s cuts in school aid. Teachers are irate at the possibility of having to contribute part of their own pension and health care benefits and some face layoffs. And, of course, the federal government is deeply in debt.
Not to worry. Petri is from the government and he’s there to help.
Petri has introduced a federal law to train educators to teach still another course in schools – world geography – and provide federal grants for geography research.
He introduced his bill jointly with two Democrats, U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and U.S. Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.). “If we want America to be safe and prosperous, we need our young people to know about the countries of the world, where they are and how the people there live. Geography is a basic discipline for anyone with a good education,” Petri said in a press release.
Petri is on leave as a teacher of – you guessed it – geography from a central Wisconsin high school during his term in Congress.