By Star Parker
I share President Obama's concerns about education. We certainly need to do a better job, particularly in our low-income communities.
But, from what I see so far, we're on very different pages regarding how to think about the problem.
For Obama, the solution to everything seems to be government and spending. But in improving education, more of neither seems to work.
According to Department of Education data, reported by the Cato Institute, K-12 spending per student, adjusted for inflation, went from $5,393 in 1970 to $11,470 in 2004. Over the same period, there were tiny increases in math scores among 17-year-olds and no improvement in reading scores.
In his address to Congress, Obama was clear that he understands it's not just money but howit's spent. " ...our schools don't just need more resources, they need more reform," he said
But can we really believe that over the thirty-five years that per pupil spending doubled it did not dawn on any educator that reform was in order?
There are endless new ideas about how to spend money to manipulate kids into learning. The problem with professional bureaucrats is that they think we learn about human beings in laboratories and academic studies. It never occurs to them the problem is a bankrupt culture, which they themselves often reflect, and what's needed is a return to traditional values.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:50 PM on Mar. 13, 2009
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:51 PM on Mar. 13, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 2:54 PM on Mar. 13, 2009
Answer by waldorfmom at 3:15 PM on Mar. 13, 2009
We need to quit teaching to age and start teaching to learning style. Group kids together based on how they learn, and once they learn something, then move them on - if kids were put with teachers who teach the way they learn, they'd get everything faster, so the kids "held back" would be few and far between.
Instead of these stupid IStep tests, they need to teach to THIS test.
Answer by NotPanicking at 3:16 PM on Mar. 13, 2009
Answer by LoriKeet at 3:19 PM on Mar. 13, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 3:22 PM on Mar. 13, 2009
Answer by waldorfmom at 3:26 PM on Mar. 13, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 3:31 PM on Mar. 13, 2009
You'd think a guy who benefited from scholarships--most notably Punahou High School would be more sympathetic to kids trying to get out of tough situations and possibly raise their station in life. SOME of these DC kids attend the SAME school Obama's daughters go to--until the end of the school year, when they get shipped back to the public schools...nice, huh?!
More "people-centric" policy...out the window!
Answer by LoriKeet at 3:32 PM on Mar. 13, 2009
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