Our Country is in Deep Sh*t

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Enough is enough.

I Tweeted the article on Bay Area summer schools getting cut and the response was well, let me put it this way. All I heard were crickets chirping at the tumbleweeds rolling across my monitor.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t fault anyone for their silences. I mean, how do you respond to something like that? I don’t know either, but sometimes, I can’t help but to wonder: do we (our nation) even care?

Pardon the profanity, but our country is in deep shit. Our educational system – the foundation of this country, is an utter failure.

…and those are only a few examples from people I correspond with. Google “budget cuts education” and the number of news articles that pull up are ridiculous.

These budget cuts are unacceptable.

Especially, since I learned the United States is tied for first place with Switzerland for annual spending per student on its public schools*. I don’t know about you, but “not enough funding” sounds like a load of crap to me.

How is our failed educational system ok?

Well, it is not. Something MUST be done.

…I just don’t know what (yet).
But enough is enough.

*via Wikipedia and OECD
**Further discussion on my Facebook and FriendFeed.

9 thoughts on “Our Country is in Deep Sh*t

  1. Government run compulsory education is the problem.

    Privatizing is the answer.

    In every case around the world where voucher programs or other forms of partially subsidized yet privatized education has taken hold, the level of education has improved.

    Simple as that. As soon as R’s and D’s stop pandering to teacher unions, we’ll see this sort of thing end.

    1. I have mixed feelings about vouchers (i.e. NYC’s free lunch voucher disaster) but I agree on privatizing —specifically, charter schools. All bureaucracy (not limited to R and Ds) must take a back seat when it comes to something as important as our country’s educational system.

      It’s so frustrating and infuriating that I am so helpless.

  2. Part of the problem is exactly what you are seeing, this has been a perpetual policy since the No Child Left Behind act passed. If a school is failing, the default response of our system is to cut their funding, the result is a death spiral for our nation’s public schools as they fall deeper and deeper into failure for both education and their budget.

    And if you think the issue is just with grade schools, you’d be wrong there. Our public Universities are suffering horribly too and in many cases the cuts hit classes and education the most.

    The result is easily visible here at George Mason, we’ve decreased the number of classes, increased the class size, and stopped hiring professors. However, our sports program has maintained its level of funding and GMU is looking to build another whole campus. The problem isn’t just the lack of funding, but a misallocation as well.

      1. I don’t think charter schools are the answer. Sure we can give kids vouchers to get in to charter schools but we all know that everyone wont get in. What happens to the kids that don’t get in to the charter schools? Do we let them go back to a public school system that we know is failing without attempting to do anything to fix the situation? And what happens when the parents of the kids in the charter schools spend up the voucher money and can’t afford to keep sending their kids to those schools? Clearly we have to reform the entire system from the top down. We also have to find out where the hell all the money is going. I get sick of seeing the DPS 400 million in the hole every year. This is doubly frustrating considering that they clearly aren’t spending the money on new computers,books,sports complexes,security or hiring teachers.

  3. I really believe that teacher tenure and the union is a big problem. It is so hard to fire crappy teachers and good teachers are left with more responsibility and larger classroom sizes. Often this creates administrative fights with parents who want their kid in Mrs. X class versus Mr. Y’s class. Lets get real in business metrics rule. If you suck as a teacher and you don’t deliver you need to be let go.

    As for no child left behind, I also agree that schools in trouble need help not budget cuts. I don’t know that money is the answer, so much as a clean house.

    1. Money is so not the answer.

      It’s about rethinking our system, reevaluating allocation of the funds, and like you said, cleaning house. I am so sick and tired of hearing about union corruption but where and how do we even start? Local may be key, but what can we do to change it? I want to do something, anything, especially since my own (future) children will be a part of it.

  4. I don’t think things are going to get any better any sooner. Seems like no matter what sector get the funding, dishonest teachers, sports programs and the like are becoming the norm. Do you really think that our government cares about our children’s education. It’s no longer a priority. Fashion, ipods, Hair, Twilight, facebook etc., are now what’s important. It has gone past shredding the very fabric of our societies. I say put prayer back in schools for a start. Uniforms a must. No cellular phones or ipods. Keep it basic. Have neighborhoods sign petitions demanding what we need for all children to complete grade school and continue on through college. And don’t stop until our voices are heard. Sometimes drastic measures must be taken to just begin the healing process of our schools and those who must go through them.

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