I like Sen. Chuck Schumer. He looks out for us up here in Upstate. Philosophically, however, I disagree with a lot of the things he pushes. . . . like more federal money for education as he proposed this week.
Governor Paterson and Senator Schumer say, if they get their way, billions of dollars in federal help will prevent massive teacher lay-offs in New York and keep local property taxes from increasing. . . .We can speculate on what education means to "our future," but what ever-increasing education spending has meant to our present requires no speculation: Excessive school taxes have driven all the good jobs away ... We are broke ... and our children seem to know increasingly less of what matters than they did in the past.
New York's senior senator wants one-third of that money to be used for tax cuts, another third to pay for infrastructure, and another third to go to the states with a special focus on helping Medicaid and education.
Schumer explains, "If you add our state and local budgets, education is the largest expenditure in New York State with good reason: it's our future."
The problem is that we are spending too much on education . . . The money has been so easy for self-serving bureaucrats to extract from taxpayers (because it's allegedly for "our future") that it goes toward a lot of distractions. Almost any kind of experience that our children can be exposed to is sold as "education." The latest technological gadgetry is 'education.' Artificial turf is 'education.'
Even eating is sold as 'education' . . .
Today we read that Utica elementary students may receive free breakfast.
The district is considering applying for a program to offer free breakfast to all elementary school students beginning as soon as the next school year. . . .Ah yes . . . those Krazy Kernan Kidz . . . (and I'm talking about the Kernan administrators, not the students). . . It's anything BUT the "3Rs" in that school.
Kernan Magnet Elementary School Principal Henry Frasca said the program is a tremendous idea.
“There is a lot of research out there on how proper nutrition and having a breakfast can make you ready to learn,” he said.
Let's cut the money available to education. . . . Some overdue pruning of our so-called "education" programs just might produce the real "education" growth that we seek.