Published: Sunday, March 24 2013 11:45 a.m. MDT
Let's just pay parents to teach their own children. With the money, they
can use a tudor as a resourse, and this can cut the budget in half.
Or how about our state and local governments step up a bit more where they could
and say take that foreign aid to countries that hate us, kill that and send more
to schools so they could use this for infrastructure repairs and update
technology? Then this could free up state and local money to increase teacher
salaries and help attract and retain quality teachers.As for parents
teaching their own children, not against the concept worf. But I doubt many
parents are going to give up their jobs for say the 7K that Utah invests in
education per child, even if it is even 7K just throwing that out there.
Let's say they even get 25K which might be what they spend on a child in
Washington D.C., that isn't going to pay the bills for most parents. Bottom
line is that schools, for better or worse, have become a cheap baby
sitter/daycare option for parents.As for as some parents even being
intellectually equipped to teach their own children curriculum to survive in the
21st Century, well maybe schools do better with this, even in their current
state, than many parents could.
Is "they can use a tudor as a resourse" a sample of what happens when
parents do the teaching?
Actually, school buildings are only one of many parts of our national
infrastructure that are falling apart.We have some of the finest
highways, bridges, water and sewer systems and other facilities in the world --
but we build them and forget about them because Americans refuse to be taxed at
rates sufficient to keep them all in good repair.
Compare today's school facilities and programs with those that existed in
the colonies circa 1740-1800, and compare the education achievements of the
founding fathers with today's graduates from high school or college. The
modern graduates do not fare well. New England farmers of the 19th century had
a broader and better education than high school or most college grads today.Too much emphasis is on useless material that mollifies liberal
feel-good desires, but has little actual use. Too often the physical
facilities, as well as teacher pay are claimed to be the cause for the
relatively poor performance of today's teachers and students. OR we can
reject the excuses and demand that teachers actually teach essential material,
not the politically correct claptrap they are so fond of. It's
not the funding, or the buildings that are hurting education, it is the agenda
and performance of too many of those in the "education" monopoly today.
Regardless of what the teachers unions tell you.
But DN -- aren't the realities of day to day life much different now than
they were in those days?Jefferson and his contemporaries were
educated in the classics. They were able to read Greek and Latin and knew well
of the philosophers of ancient times. Was their education really
"wider" or was it simply concentrated in a much smaller aspect of
knowledge than we now have. Remember, the sum total of human knowledge is now
doubling about every two years. Are modern physics, chemistry, geography,
history, mathematics far beyond the ken of Jefferson and his friends really
"claptrap?"Let me ask: If you had been educated as they
were, how would you fare in today's world? Could the REAL
problems in education today result not from the curriculum and teachers, but
from a national culture that now places entertainment far above education?
DN,One thing you continually like to ignore in the education process
is the role of the parent and student. Give me the ability to discipline that
teachers had in the 1740's and commitment to education that students and
parents had at that same time and I could do it better and for less with the
technology we have today. I am sure though in your mind that is just another
excuse from a lazy overpaid teacher.
@one old man- Modern physics, chemistry, geography, history, mathematics are
found in Asia. Half our college graduates are from other countries, and our
students are far behind of what we had during the 1740-1960's.Most of our HS graduates can't read, or do basic math.
One Old Man, perhaps the solution isn't to continually increase taxes but
to properly prioritize the use of the money already collected.
When I went to Woods Cross High School, they had windows that didn't open.
They weren't needed it was said because the blowers would assure we had
fresh air. No one really liked that feature of the school. May I
suggest, that the building really isn't that important. It is excellence in
content and good teachers that are the things we ought to focus on.
I wonder if the brand new multi billion dollar East that was built back in 1995
ever got air conditioning?
Our Utah legislators believe we can't improve education by throwing money
at it. Maybe we should all pray for the buildings to heal themselves.
@John C. C.--the money is there, but not managed efficiently.Let me
quote SME --"perhaps the solution isn't to continually increase taxes
but to properly prioritize the use of the money already collected".
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