posted on Nov, 3 2012 @ 12:29 AM
Originally posted by badgerprints
Load of garbage.
Education in the US is a disaster and the left and right both know it.
We spend more money than any other country and have lousy results.
So the response on the left is to spend more and the response on the right is to spend less. Neither actually looks at the fact that our system is
broken because there are too many ego's in the way and apparently our educational interests and politicians want all future generations of Americans
to be stupid.
How about we try fixing the way we teach the kids so the money we spend actually counts?
While I picked your post to respond to because you said the left and the right both know it, the truth is I am not picking *you* out for agreement or
There are facts that don't make the news. The per pupil spending you see is a total of all spending divided by all pupils but in the schools there
are two very separate budgets. One is for regular education and it is, across the board, much smaller than the per pupil spending you see in your
newspaper. The other is for special education and it is much higher.
I am not automatically against special education. There are ways, however, in which it is out of hand.
Has anyone wondered about what would happen to special education if the federal mandate of IDEA was no longer funded by federal dollars and there was
no more Federal Department of Education? I wonder about it all the time because the way the current mess is playing out is not an accident. So what
is the end game?
Are there people (GOP) looking to fatally undercut special education because it costs more money than they can get results on paper? (I am not here to
debate the morality or rightness of such an approach but special ed is half of the problem with U.S. test scores, the other half is poverty). I also
do believe that special education (despite that fact that there are multiple ways in which it works) bleeds into the school overall. The kids with
paperwork often start to coast. If they don't succeed the school will get sued. I suspect they either end up getting more than their fair share of
the teacher's attention or standards begin to slip.
Civics, Economics, History. These are getting less and less time in most K/12 environments. And in most states they aren't tested for yearly
progress in the way that Math, English, and Science are tested. Why is that? Does someone want a dumbed down electorate? Still able to perform
basic skills and maybe even continue to provide tech advances, but unable to recognize that their rights are being stripped from them? Unable to
weigh the matters of the day against the wisdom of collective experience? That (despite my moral qualms about it) really makes me hope that the master
plan is a special education take down. The plan B is terrifying to contemplate.
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