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.
Front Page takes a look at some the union-perpetuated myths. Quote:
Few people are aware that our education spending per pupil has been growing steadily for 50 years. At the end of World War II, public schools in the United States spent a total of $1,214 per student in inflation-adjusted 2002 dollars. By the middle of the 1950s that figure had roughly doubled to $2,345. By 1972 it had almost doubled again, reaching $4,479. And since then, it has doubled a third time, climbing to $8,745 in 2002.
Since the early 1970s, when the federal government launched a standardized exam called the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), it has been possible to measure student outcomes in a reliable, objective way. Over that period, inflation-adjusted spending per pupil doubled. So if more money produces better results in schools, we would expect to see significant improvements in test scores during this period. That didn't happen. For twelfth-grade students, who represent the end product of the education system, NAEP scores in math, science, and reading have all remained flat over the past 30 years. And the high school graduation rate hasn't budged. Increased spending did not yield more learning.
Yep, all good points, Bird Dog, $ ain't everything or even much. But while the National Educashional Assesiation and their love of largesse over results is a huge problem, many private schools are also whacky and can afford to be, since they’re sought after by so many of us (on account of the NEA mentality.) The following is guaranteed to offend everyone here, but!
When in a southern big city, an ethnic majority and affirmatively negative PC one, and one graced by enclaves of affluent whites both Left and Right, here are the school choices:
Really scary inner city schools
flashy car and drugged-and-sexed-out suburban schools
liberal socially conscientious snob schools big on race-homosexuality-environmental sensitivity and also name-dropping, second homes and foreign cars
hippie euro-alternative schools with fascist our-pastel-and-hemp way or no-way curricula
and ultra right Bible schools, some prestigiously prep, rich, privileged and full of themselves since they do manage to send kids to Hahvard.
I went to a prep school in my day and didn’t want that for kid. With no other choices for excellent, non PC either way classical ed, I home-schooled, and kid is none the worse for the experience, with a jillion interesting friends, no political brainwashing, and no snottiness. Child did miss out on running for cheerleader and the senior prom, but dances a lot of swing these post HS days (compensation, I wonder?)
Allow me from the outset to plead guilty to intellectual lassitude in my offering on this topic. That lassitude is driven by the opinion that education (costs aside) is just one item in the big cornicopia of crap-o-la this country has devleoped into art form over the past fifty years.
However our art is still out producing all the other industrial (oh is that atavistic?) countries per capita. People still want to come here for a cup of our crap-o-la. Why? It's the most nutricious and less expensive. There are more flavors ,and often times it's free.
Will we remain as productive in the coming years? Certitude is unknowable in this area, plus in my case having no heirs I'm not motivated to do everything "for the children".
Now what I'd enjoy doing is caning a few of what I call the Baby Bummer Generation for our unparalleled addition to the societal crap-o-la and teaching our (really their, I have none remember) children nothing about discipline, but that's another rant. (go ahead and eat a third or fourth portion of ice cream cake Johnny, then see if you can sit on your ass for another five hours playing XBox crap-o-la, just leave tired old Mom and Dad alone).
So education is no different than hundreds of other aspects of a once great civilizations getting filled to the brim with ..... crap-o-la.
Maybe "increased spending did not yield more learning,” but increased learning is supposed to yield more spending, on the local and national level. Overeducated people learn how to spend other people’s money, since they rarely earn it for themselves. That's why we need to get Dem people public school-smart and fast.
Habu, if that crap-o-la comes in 64 waxy colors, Amercia can market it to the world without the less motivated coming here. Meanwhile, lobby Pelosi's Congress to outlaw TVs and junk food in kidz rooms.
Anyway, it's easy to blame the system or maybe the women in education, but men are such passive creatures these days. Not much like go-get-'em and set strong standards types. We get what we want and are, I'm afraid, for both our children and ourselves :(