So, for the first time ever the majority of kids in the public school system are poor. This is not the story, but then we’re dealing with the Washington Post so there is no reason to be shocked…either by their report or the much larger one they missed. For the benefit of WAPO reporters and editors, none of whom will read this and all of whom should, our public schools SUCK, and everyone who can possibly leave them has been doing so for years. Wonder how many WAPO editors, reporters or execs send their children to public schools? I’m betting none. Am I psychic? No. The Washington DC school system is a cesspool, and our superiors at the newspaper wouldn’t dream of subjecting their kids to such an environment.
The article mentions … are you ready? … the need for greater investment. Let me state this as diplomatically as possible: if you think more money equates to better education outcomes then you are an imbecilic fool, a cretin and a moron. Your head is in your ass, and I suspect there is zero hope of getting you to research your mistaken premise, let alone change it. For this reason, combined with the preternatural imperative progressives have for continuing to pound square pegs into round holes, I suspect all hope for our public school systems is lost. What’s more, things will become worse.
(By the way, my father grew up dirt poor; he went to (monetarily speaking) poor schools; he quit in the 10th grade and got his GED. After a stint in the army, he went to college and got a post-graduate degree. I’m guessing a lot of people of a certain age have similar stories about one of their parents. Schools weren’t awash in wealth in 1945; why is that the answer now?)
Bank this: Our public schools were better in 1968 and there was far less money spent per capita on students attending those schools.
Here are some ideas I think worth pondering:
1. When a child is allowed to respond “F*** you bitch,” and the offense is not punishable (Note: I didn’t say “not punishable by suspension,” I said “not punishable” as in not at all.) Then education suffers. (I know of this situation.)
2. When kids come from 1-parent homes where drugs and violence are the norm, education suffers.
3. When there are no technical schools, students suffer, leading to a greater chance that they will be suffering adults.
4. The Feds should cut a check to states and not be heard from again until the following year when they can cut another check.
5. Courts have zero business deciding what goes on in class rooms. That’s zero, as in none. Do teachers or principles tell judges how a courtroom should be conducted?
6. Unless an individual has taught a minimum of 10 years they should have zero (see above) authority over policy in a classroom.
7. Not everyone is college material. (Have you seen the stats on the number of students entering college that need remedial training?!) This is not a bad thing. There are other ways to learn how to a make a good living that have nothing to do with freshman English. Why the hell do our elites have so little respect for blue collar occupations? What’s wrong with being a carpenter or a butcher?
I could go on, but the take-away is this: Our society’s ills and government intervention in public education are the problem. Anything else is smoke and mirrors.