> I think that in this matter, at least, you will > ill come to agree with me. When the amount of money > that any city spends on education is, by far, the > single biggest line item in its budget---much, much > bigger than the defining municipal responsibilities > of police, fire, and sanitation, for instance---you > must start to realize that, in fact, we are spending > a lot of money on education.
You're talking about 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM day care for like bambini through almost-adults, complete with meal service, opportunities for physical activity, transportation to and from.
Imagine sending two teenagers for private care, times the number of teenagers, then multiply by the reciprocal of what fraction of the total school aged population teenagers actually represent, add faculty, janitorial, and administration. And testing. Add screaming mad parents if your johnny doesn't get into CalTech or whatever. What's the price tag? More than keeping a few municiple fire stations open? More than the total operating budget of JFK airport?
Now what do we ask of police and fire? Every night and day, a few crimes stopped, a few fires put out. Plus we demand lots of raw material for prime time TV shows. Not much glamorizes teachers though, unless they're lucky enough to know Buffy or live in Smallville. That's part of what we mean by "thankless job" (villifying school teachers is a national pass time, right up there with NASCAR and eating like every day is Thanksgiving).
Imagine a city where we put as much into Police as we put into K12. Is that your idea of Utopia Haim? You do come across is something of a killjoy, what with all your "starve the kids" rhetoric (of knowledge mostly, plus you bregrudge them their pennies, and in long-suffering New York no less, where so many of your schools are straight out of some Charles Dickens novel, or worse).
Get your act together (fix your leaky buildings, bring them up to code (the fire department would appreciate it)), before standing on a soap box and expecting to be taken seriously about matters educational (you're good as a punching bag anyway). Or maybe give up on this sad schtick as a pseudonymous streetwise New Yorker (not convincing).
Oh that's right, you're that poor powerless grownup who just gets to wring his hands and complain all the time. I keep forgetting. Nevermind then. So are all New Yorkers as whiney as you?
> Once you accept that we are, in fact, spending a > g a lot of money on education, the obvious next > question is: are we getting our money's worth? As I > said, this is a much harder question, but here is an > article I just tripped over that may help you think > about this question:
We all already know the answer is no.
No A & B modules, no Fuller Projection, no Euclid's Algorithm, no programming... not an education worthy of any future American president (in either a North, South or Central American democracy).
But it's still effective day care, and mom and dad need to work (gotta pay that mortgage!).
So as long as there's testing, and some fail, we're good right? I think that's how most politicians conceive of their mission. Make sure the rich get to bitch while the poor stay sore.
Anyway, your misleading posts dramatize in what way our math classes suck. Here's some political shyster, making wide eyes at the fact that providing day care for almost two generations actually dwarfs other civic services, and readers get suckered in ("oooo, dat's a lot o dough!").
Snake oil is so easy to pander when your readers never got much further than 4th grade. But then, that's your agenda in a nutshell isn't it Haim? Keep 'em knowledge-starved stupid (even if high in IQ), and there'll always be someone willing to caddy your golf clubs for ya.