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Throwing Money at Education Isn’t Working

June 30th, 2010 Visited 1976 times, 1 so far today

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Why is it that a stay at home mother who pays $1000 or less for a curriculum’s worth of books, $15 to join an area group for sports, recreation and activities, and spends $100 for a sport and then pays school taxes for services that they can’t take advantage of (instead of getting paid by the government) can end up training children that have great academics and are an asset to our community, but New York state can spend $7,642 per pupil with the average teacher salary of $46, 800 and can graduate students that cannot read? [Education Backgrounder]

The thing is, there are multiple problems with our public school system—and few that are able to do anything about it.

Public Schools are Staffed by Unions

The problem with Unions is that they’re out to protect all their members—even the ones that aren’t performing well.  It’s next to impossible to remove Union employees, and it’s hard to hold people accountable for failing our kids when you cannot remove teachers that are a cancer.

The solution that the Unions tout for getting better performance from the children is more money, better teacher/student ratios, and better equipment.  But the equipment is broken, and homeschooling proves that money per student isn’t the answer.

Charter Schools and Homeschoolers Run Rings Around Public Schools

Why is it that homeschoolers and charter schools can do a much better job without the funding that the public schools enjoy.  I mean, think of how unfair this is—every homeschooler pays for his kid to go to public school, even though he cannot join the school’s athletic teams, use their gym, participate in their experiments or field trips.

And yet these homeschoolers are more involved in their communities, they’re more well adjusted, and are being sought after by some bigger colleges as the colleges see the academics of these children.

The problem is that there are fundamental problems at the core of modern schooling.

Some Problems

Here’s a short list of some problems:

  • Feminized Curriculum: We now spend much of the time treating the entire class as girls, and medicating the boys to make them like girls.
  • Not Recognizing Uniqueness: Each child learns differently.  Homeschoolers can adapt to this, public schools that have multiple kids in a single class can have special ed classes, but often miss those that aren’t really having difficulty.
  • Lack of Moral Compass:  No more Bible or Prayer in schools seems like a good thing, until kids stop caring about what they do and whether it’s right or wrong.
  • Lack of the Ability to have Meaningful Discipline: Between helicopter parents, the ability to sue for anything, and the concept that the child is innately good, it’s next to impossible to correct deviant behavior.
  • Does not reflect real life. Sure, when we were all working in factories, processing people from place to place at the sound of a bell made sense.

And that’s just some of the issues.

Public schooling doesn’t need fixing—it needs a reboot with a better Operating System.  It’s time to invest more in Charter schools and homeschooling—what a way to employ someone from every family!

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  • John Hunter says on: June 30, 2010 at 6:46 am

     

    Well remember the home schooling requires someone to teach. If that person does it for free the comparison isn’t exactly fair.

    That said, I agree that public schools are failing to do as well as they should. And we default into spending money to deal with the failures. The amount of spending is not the problem.

    It is a shame we are doing so poorly at educating our young.
    .-= John Hunter´s last blog ..Manufacturing Output as a Percent of GDP by Country =-.

  • John Hunter says on: June 30, 2010 at 6:49 am

     

    Hmm, when I said “The amount of spending is not the problem” that isn’t exactly clear. What I meant was the solution is not to spend more money. We need to focus on what matters, not think spending more money is the solutions. Two great resources are David Langford http://www.langfordlearning.com/ and Alfie Kohn http://www.alfiekohn.org/
    .-= John Hunter´s last blog ..Manufacturing Output as a Percent of GDP by Country =-.

  • Chris @ VocoPro says on: July 1, 2010 at 4:55 pm

     

    And yet not every parent is capable of home schooling. Let’s just call it – there are a whole lot of parents who lack the orientation towards education that is required to home school. (Wouldn’t the majority of American parents rather hold a remote control than hold a math workbook for their kids?)

    So the success we are seeing from home schooling students is really about COMMITTED PARENTING and parents oriented toward education more than it is about how kids can learn so much better away from school. That’s an important factor that may not be obvious in the stats you are quoting.

    Not that I disagree in whole with your perspective. You are spot on. But the problems in our urban public schools are myriad – and a poverty in committed parenting should be on the list somewhere!

  • Kelly says on: July 22, 2010 at 3:30 pm

     

    I agree with Chris there. 2 problems with the public school system as I see are
    1) as you said, cookie cutter educations that fail to recognize the difference among children and their learning styles and needs.
    2) lack of parental involvement.

    I think too many parents are too uninvolved in their students education. Parents need to know what happens in school every day, and should be studying WITH their children, not sending them off to a room alone to do their homework. I think this is the biggest difference with homeschool children, they have this massive amount of parental involvement, that teaches them right from the start that learning is important.
    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..iPool Exercise Pool updated Wed Jul 21 2010 5-03 pm CDT =-.

  • Chris @ timex heart rate monitor says on: July 27, 2010 at 9:05 pm

     

    Thank you, Kelly! I love to be agreed with. :-} I have several friends who home school their kids and their investment of time and energy (aka, one on one TEACHING) shouldn’t be discounted.
    I see public schools are now offering this “online” version of public school and I seriously doubt the results from that will mirror homeschooling. What, are the kids going to study with only a computer – sans supervision? Whose fantasy is this? Even the most motivated kids are going to end up watching YouTube and messing around with Facebook unless someone is often standing over them saying, “Now, what are you supposed to be doing?”

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