Can our current public school system survive much longer with the federal budget cuts?
In the last year there has been more scandalous stories of teachers, school administrators, and local school politicians violating the civil rights of our children and there family. I believe this is happening out of pure desperation due to the public school system operating with almost no operating funds. Is there much left to free public schooling in the United States or is it apparent in order for our children to receive a higher education with qualified teachers the parent must pay for it. If you could please give some ideas to revamp our public school system as it stands today...
The problem schools are doing poorly is because the government is running them. Since the government created the Department of Education the cost of school has gone up and the quality has gone down.
Usually anything the government does creates two new problems.
If the schooling were left to the market place there would be more competition and quality would go up. You wouldn't have the same regimented system for every single kid. I'm not saying children shouldn't learn Math and English, I'm saying they should have other options as well.
But one simple solution is get the Federal Government out of the way. Let the states handle the education system. The Federal government makes it the same for every state. If you let the states handle it you would have fifty different solutions to a problem. Some will work some won't but it is better than one monopoly over our school system.
SportsBetter I have to say you hit it right on target!!! I agree with you 100% and cannot figure out why the Government wants to dictate to our public school system if they cannot even get there own affairs in order.
The Federal Government took control of education so children can have the same values and education. Society is much easier to control and manipulate this way.
Our public schools have been on life support for years. Public schools are also funded by local property taxes, state taxes, and lottery funds. If it weren't for the federal government being involved in schools, children who are disabled, or not of the established majority of the region would not be protected. Additionally, religion would become even more oppressive, and not respect the rights of children of non-christian families, or atheists, or even children whose parents are gay.
Thank goodness for the Federal Government protecting our public school children!!!
Definitely not there is so much that is lacking in our schools today it is pathetic.
No. It's killing our kids, our teachers, parents and our society. Yes, we're getting more computers in more schools, but we're not getting through what needs to be learned. Example: language. Over 70 languages in our city, some have many more. Rather than spend millions on "floating" teachers and kids helping other kids while they learn the language, why can some wasted money work to pay teachers to teach only English (I know--everybody else is screaming Spanish) for say one month in a school for nothing but that before mainstreaming kids who don't know the language into regular classrooms.. Not to mention more and more kids are going without books, paper, pencils, etc. (which sometimes struggling parent-teachers themselves provide out of their own pocket in a bad economy). And more and more kids are doing without food: ex: parents make too much money to get lunches (1 or all) for 4 kids, so 2 kids eat 3 days a week and the other 2 go without those 3 days--they get the other 2. The next week they switch off. Teachers and subs have given all they can and are taking an emotional and financial beating. And what happened to rules? They mean nothing any more and teachers are exhausted/ People talk about anger and problems in schools: it's not going to get any better unless something major kicks in. Thanks to the Gates and many other philanthropic people, some area get aid. But more goes out of country than into our school system. Insane!
For the most part traditional public schools receive the majority of their funding from state and local sources. The federal funding is a very small percentage when you look at the overall picture. The traditional public schools should take a look at some of the other school districts, especially charter schools (who almost always operate on a significantly lower budget), who successfully operate on lower budgets and implement some of their practices. While funding can be an issue - more money doesn't always solve the problems.
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