Election 2008: Candidates share views on education
Maybe the headline should read "Candidates share the same view on education" because there isn't too much that they are saying differently from each other . . . Basically, let's keep the status quo: spend, spend, and spend some more.
It would really be refreshing to hear a candidate say that we need to spend LESS on education . . .
There is this mentality that the education budget is untouchable . . . No one wants to be labeled as being against "the kids," now, do they?
The most anyone can seem to bring themselves to say is that the money should be spent "more wisely."
Gee, now that's a controversial proposal!
But take a look at how your money is being spent . . . Yoga in class, "pinwheels for peace," DARE, assemblies to meet community leaders or bicyclists for missing children, school based health clinics, field trips to college dorms. . . (I could go on an on but I've blogged about most of this stuff already). School time and money seems to be wasted on anything but education. . . .
And the MASSIVE building projects . . . like almost $200 million for Utica alone . . . just for what is currently proposed, let alone what has already been built in the recent past. . . .
And teachers won't like this, but they are overpaid when they are compared with other public employees . . . Compare the salaries of teachers with the salaries of attorneys and engineers in public service (professions requiring much more rigorous study) and, when adjusted for time on the job, teachers are often paid more. Compare how teachers salaries have increased over the last 30 years with salaries of other public employees (excluding police officers) and you will see a much steeper rise, with no justification for same. There has been no commensurate increase in responsibility -- and arguably, there has been a decrease because of smaller class sizes and the seemingly ubiquitous teacher aides. (You can thank the teachers' union for this aspect.)
With all this spending, the kids still come out of school with too many unable to do basic math or write a grammatically correct paragraph.
I think that drastically cutting education spending could improve results by forcing people to focus on the task of providing a basic education . . . and leaving the rest to the families to take care of.