Schroeder Kicks Off Perspectives 2001

Pat Schroeder likes to dissect what she calls "political sacred sayings." As she opened PERSPECTIVES 2001 at UTC, she reflected on both presidential candidates being staunchly in favor of education, when in fact, Schroeder says only 6 percent of the money for education in our country comes from the federal government.

When she compared that amount against the amount of money it takes to fund education in the U.S., Schroeder likened it to"throwing a bucket of water in the Atlantic Ocean."

Schroeder also questioned what "family values" means. "No one could ever run against the family or against marriage and win an election," Schroeder says.

Calling herself a "recovering politician," the former Congresswoman compared the family to the cinderblock that builds a nation. Making those building blocks as strong as possible should be the country's primary objective, Schroeder says, putting emphasis on improved childcare and elder care.

When Schroeder was first elected, her daughter was two years old and her son was six. At the time, Schroeder said "People went nuts, they went nuts." She is proud to say her children did not suffer because she became a Congresswoman. She says neither was ever arrested, and they both have doctoral degrees. "They said they felt like a science fair project. But with weekends in Colorado and the weekdays in Washington, they had a very good time," Schroeder says.

Before Schroeder spoke, Chancellor Bill Stacy announced that next year's PERSPECTIVES Series in 2002 will be named the Raymond B. Witt Lecture Series in honor of the late Raymond B. Witt, who along with his wife Florence, established the Perspectives series.

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