We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Schaeffer calculated that Los Angeles, which claims $19,000 per-pupil spending, actually spends $25,000. The New York metropolitan area admits to a per-pupil average of $18,700, but the true cost is about $26,900. The District of Columbia’s per-pupil outlay is claimed to be $17,542. The real number is an astonishing $28,170—155 percent more than the average tuition at the famously pricey private academies of the capital region.
I believe that the $ should follow the kid to wherever the family wants.
Legislators are not executives, they are process orientated admins. The skill sets for the two are completely different. One set requires decision making of the highest order – sometimes on an instant and unilateral basis. The other set requires slow deliberation, compromise and consensus building. One deals with pure leadership. The other deals with the duller aspects of management. Executives are result oriented. Administrators are entirely process driven. Executives use action as their means of accomplishment. Administrators set goals and work toward them as their means of achievement.
"I believe that the $ should follow the kid to wherever the family wants."
So you agree with O'Rourke, then? He says:
"Close all the public schools. Send the kids home. Fire the teachers. Sell the buildings. Raze the U.S. Department of Education, leaving not one brick standing upon another and plow the land where it stood with salt."
It was only a couple of decades ago that the GOP had this exact policy. Now only gadflies like O'Rourke can be heard saying this.
John Adams was horribly wrong. Public Education serves no purpose, save untoward and malign ends. O'Rourke doesn't even inveigh against what the poor buggers are taught in the benighted gubmint schools. Read John Taylor Gatto, folks.
My two kids never darkened the door of gubmint schools from Kindergarten to entering University, yet I was forced to sell my house at a loss by staggering property taxes, mostly to "educate" other people's kids.
We homeschoolers don't look for handouts or vouchers.
We abhor and avoid them! Once the gubmint gives a homeschooler a voucher, it will not be long before we are met at our doorsteps by helpful officials explaining that the state now has a vested interest in insuring that kids learning at this address have all the advantages of what the latest whims of the educrats are, from fisting to the murderous policies of America overseas.
You can force me to take a voucher when you stuff in my cold dead hands.
Until then, stuff it somewhere else.
The solution is to not tax us in the first place, to not provide the "service" at all. To leave the issue of resources for schooling to parents, families, foundations and individual students.
I'm with DennisC, but until that day comes, I'll start with vouchers. It's true that the next step will be greater attempts than we already are seeing to interfere in private and home schooling, but we'll just have to fight those off as always.
Here in Texas there was a dustup recently over failing schools who tried to hide their high dropout rates by listing students as "departing for home schooling." Was the response to fire the administrations who were lying? No: many citizens felt it was high time we sent inspectors out to all the home-schooling parents to make sure they were doing a good job.
Not that the schools had been doing a good job, either, and certainly not that the same people felt it would be at all far to test the schools ("teaching to the test!") as rigorously as they proposed to test the home-schooling parents. The idea seems to be that, if the schools are failing, it's all the parents' fault. No doubt the parents of failing kids bear a great deal of the blame, but if we conclude that the teachers are up against a hopeless task, what then? Why does it makes sense to keep hiring and paying teachers for a task we have decided is so futile that it's not even fair to hold teachers accountable for failure? Wouldn't babysitters be cheaper?
I am not defending the decision by Judge Stephen Robinson. In fact it sounds so radically anti-American to me that I figured Port Chester must have immediately filed an appeal. What I found, instead, is this:
That's a press release, from the Village of Port Chester, dated Nov. 12, 2009 about the Nov. 6, 2009 decision by the Judge Robinson. I came away with two items from the press release (in addition to the age of this story):
1. The Village Elders (perhaps Idiots, can't say fersure) seem well pleased with this decision and are rather effusive in their thanks to the (by them) esteemed Judge.
2. from the release... "Cumulative Voting is an alternative at-large election system where all voters have the same number of votes, but gain the power to cast more than one vote for the same candidate. It has been used in American elections since the 19th century, when it was adopted for electing the Illinois House of Representatives, and currently is used in more than sixty American localities, including Peoria (IL) and Amarillo (TX). This proven method will allow any group of like-minded voters to rally behind their preferred candidates and give them a better chance to win. 'Our intent is to empower all of our voters. This is a tremendous opportunity for Port Chester voters and a historic moment for our Village.' stated Trustee Joseph Kenner."
The Trustees appear to be happy as pigs in mud with their seating on the PC Express.
I also homeschool and certainly do not want a voucher system in place because I do not want the government dictating what my child will be taught. And, I am a secular homeschool, not a fundamentalist.
Our budget to educate our child in the classical model - $1,000 a year for books, texts, etc. and another $1,500 for travel for day trips and other educational programs. All totaled - $2,500.
I started formally with our son last year, he is going to be six in August - and he is already doing second grade math, reading at//above second grade level, and has completed the grammar stage for the ancients (history) and is ready for second grade science. This year he will start his introduction to greek and latin. No public school - or even private school - will give him the foundation we can and are giving him. If I were to send him to school at this point, he'd be bored silly.