Kirby writes: >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.
I am talking about public education in the U.S. You know, school boards, teachers unions, PTA's, state departments of education, etc. Oh, and I almost forgot: children in classrooms.
>Imagine sending two teenagers for private care, times >the number of teenagers, then multiply by...
Oddly enough, this is why most analysts discuss this subject in terms of cost per student. You know the figure I mean, the one that has been rising exponentially since about 1950. Since this figure seems not to make much of an impression on people, I thought, for a change of pace, to discuss cost of education as a fraction of a city's operating budget. I must say, even I was startled by the result: I had not realized, for instance, that NYC spends on education more than twice the sum of police, fire, and sanitation.
>What's the price tag?
That's the billion dollar question.
>They don't like to get in to any curriculum details. >Make sure it stays About Money and you're in a safe >area.
So, does that mean you want to spend more, or less, money on education? Just give me a figure, tell me what you think is right. I have a checkbook in my hand and I am ready make it out.
Ahh, but you are new-age free spirit. You are above all this money-grubbiness. Money means nothing to you (as long as it is someone else's money). Our mistake, no doubt, is thinking about it as "our" money. We should just fork it all over to you (you would take it if you could) and you will know just what to do with it.
>Anyway, your misleading posts dramatize in what way our >math classes suck. Here's some political shyster,...
I am sure you understand that I think of it differently. The public purse is a fatted calf that has been run down and devoured. But the lions and hyenas (teachers unions and various hangers on) are inefficient eaters and leave plenty of meat on the bones for scavengers like you. No wonder, really, why you are so keen to get more and bigger fatted calves coming your way.