Category Archives: Education

Fixing the schools – Education (Part 3)

So, if more money and expanded government control aren’t viable solutions, what is? The best solution for getting the most students into the highest quality schools is implementing a voucher system. Two years ago the national average spent per student per school year in the public schools was $9,138. The Cato Institute released an article called Private School Costs in 2003 which said,

“The most recent figures available from the U.S. Department of Education show that in 2000 the average tuition for private elementary schools nationwide was $3,267. Government figures also indicate that 41 percent of all private elementary and secondary schools – more than 27,000 nationwide charged less than $2,500 for tuition. Less than 21 percent of all private schools charged more than $5,000 per year in tuition. According to these figures, elite and very expensive private schools tend to be the exception in their communities, not the rule.” Read the rest of this entry

Educational non-solutions – Education (Part 2)

First, I will tell you what the solution is not. Way too many people say the answer is more money. This is definitely the attitude of the teacher’s unions. Politicians garner support by saying they will increase funding for public schools. I can tell you that it doesn’t make a difference. When you are in a classroom there are some students that refuse to learn. They will draw through the class, play on their cell phones, sleep, and quite deliberately ignore the teachers. I have been in classes with students like this, and you can not force them to pay attention. To say that spending $12,000 a year on that student, rather than $9,000, will help them to learn is absurd. Really, tell me, what possible difference could it make?  They want to spend more, and more, and more money, for what?  Why would they suddenly start to care because a few thousand more is being spent on them? Read the rest of this entry

Problems in School – Education (Part 1)

I have a bit of experience with public education. I’ve been through nine years of public education (starting in fourth grade, and graduating from high school). After college I spent about a year working as a substitute teacher. I taught at every grade level and nearly every subject,though I tried to concentrate on teaching high school Math and Science courses. From these experiences I have come to the conclusion that there are two major problems with public education. The first is the quality of teachers; the fact that the emphasis these days is on knowing how to teach, not knowing what to teach. (And the fact that Unions make it nearly impossible to fire incompetent teachers.  But that’s another story entirely.)  The other is that teachers have no authority; school boards, parents and others have slowly removed all the authority teachers used to have to punish students, and so now the students have no reason to learn, work, or even show the smallest amount of respect to a teacher. Read the rest of this entry