One of the arguments about changing the high school zoning for Knoxville students has been the loss of potential money to schools’ “foundations“. Foundations are created by parents to provide “programs, acquisitions, and scholarships beyond those afforded by the general school budget.” This year’s foundation letter stated that the foundation at Tommy’s (and next year, Sarah’s) school would like this year’s gift to the school to be 96 new security cameras and 3 servers to maintain the cameras. After talking to other parents, I find myself all alone in thinking this is a backwards way to deal with vandalism and theft at the high school. Why not improve the 40-year-old school buildings and grounds so that the students are proud of them? Why not add classes, programs and activities (other than band) that give more of the students something to care about at school? Why not offer more scholarships and internships that reach the students who are falling between the cracks? How about helping the students who show up at school in the same clothes every day? How about programs that give the uninvolved parents a positive reason to be at the school? Why not create a Full Service school? No, apparently everyone else thinks it is a good idea to add more cameras and focus on harsher punishments for those bad kids that they don’t want there anyway. Aren’t there any Idealists left?