View Full Version : Federal Spending vs. Student scores

10-13-2010, 06:01 PM
"I donít think we ought to abandon schools by taking money away from public schools in order to save them." --Ted Kennedy, speaking against a proposed voucher system in 2001


10-13-2010, 09:30 PM
If money was what it takes, we would know that by now.

Part of the problem is teachers. Go on almost any campus and ask what degree people get when they wash out of other programs and Education will be at or near the top of the list. We aren't recruiting the best people because the working conditions of teachers are poor (particularly in low-performing schools) and there is no opportunity to use teaching methods that work for most but not all.

Parents are part of the problem. They off-load too much on teachers and not enough on students. Parents fail to teach students effective study methods and good study habits, they follow "the book" instead of teaching learning methods that actually work when they help their kids with math and writing, and they are afraid of allowing a kid to get marked down for forgetting assignments or turning in shoddy work.

We all at fault for electing school boards who opt for crowd-pleasing curricula that pander to fads instead of electing pragmatic people who will work for more effective educational strategies.

10-13-2010, 10:49 PM
This is why home schooled students perform better than those in public schools.

10-13-2010, 11:03 PM
This is why home schooled students perform better than those in public schools.

It's about 85% of the reason. Parents who have kids who are vicious, criminal, or uncontrollable don't usually look into homeschooling. They let the public/alternative schools handle those behavioral problems. Homeschoolers benefit from a chaos-free learning environment that public schools can't duplicate.