Sunday, November 14, 2010



Blogger Tom Harper said...

You're right, that's an "interesting" item. Like the saying goes, what a tangled web we weave.

It's such a mess, I can't even think of any suggestions.

8:12 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Yes... as someone who depends on public education for my livelihood (at least for now) and for my pension once I retire, I detest so many attacks on it. Yet I must admit that some of the attacks are valid. I would really like to see a lot of the fat cut out at the top.

I work in an area where there are five school districts. One big one, then four little ones where there as few as 200 students each. Why not consolidate some of these districts and save money? Seems logical... but around here the reason so many people squash that idea is because of sports. Local sports teams give the small towns a sense of identity. I can understand that... maybe there would be a way to have all the small-school kids attend one central school, but then still have their own sports teams. Who knows...

But there are lots of ways they could be saving money, and spending what they save more efficiently.

I'm mixed on the idea of teachers' unions. The one I have been in for years has come in handy for a few of us when we had a rule-breaking boss who was into sexual harrassment and financial crookery, as well as asking us to do extra work that was unnecessary, just because.

On the other hand, when the unions get so big, like the NEA, it can get in the way of necessary changes being made sometimes.

Where to go, what to do?

5:54 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Whatever solutions are found for the problem, I am 100% against ending public education. I like everyone to have a chance to get a free education, even if the education might happen at a school or in a district where there are problems. Thankfully, we have good schools where I live.

5:55 PM  

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