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mk  ·  4346 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Starving Public Schools
So you think unequal funding is more sustainable than equal funding? My guess is that a large number of Grosse Pointe kids go to private school now. Still, it would require overall education spending to increase.




cgod  ·  4345 days ago  ·  link  ·  
They are probably equally sustainable, but it's about where you want your peaks and valleys. I think that the baseline would be set to at best the current average or somewhat lower. I think letting communities decide how much they care about education and then buying the product they want at least creates pockets of better education, which standardized funding wold snuff out or send to the private sector in lower numbers then we are now providing.

My single mother moved to a good school district in an area that was spendier then she probably wold have lived in if she were childless so I could get a better education, poorer people do in some cases have some options.

Personally I think how we teach kids money or no money is a shitty soul crushing factory for dysfunction and unhappiness. Or at least I don't feel like I got much out of my 13 or so years of public schooling when I compare it to what I learned from reading books or asking people questions. I think school did help me become anti-authoritarian, for which I might owe it some kind of debt. Band and art classes were fun, but I doubt that we would have those if we severed communities ability to go the extra mile.

mk  ·  4345 days ago  ·  link  ·  
    Personally I think how we teach kids money or no money is a shitty soul crushing factory for dysfunction and unhappiness. Or at least I don't feel like I got much out of my 13 or so years of public schooling when I compare it to what I learned from reading books or asking people questions. I think school did help me become anti-authoritarian, for which I might owe it some kind of debt. Band and art classes were fun, but I doubt that we would have those if we severed communities ability to go the extra mile.

True enough, and teaching has only become more codified, not less, over the last decade. Teachers need the respect and trust that it takes to sit back, and let them do their job.

Just posted an article to that point:

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/print/2012/04/to-fix-ame...

Actually, I think that might be a trend across this whole country. No one seems to trust employees to do what they were hired for without some sort of prodding and patronizing.

cgod  ·  4344 days ago  ·  link  ·  
The bureaucracy of a totally federal funded education system would be paralyzing, otherwise the so many places that don't value education would just spend the bread on football programs or steal it ala Detroit.