Richard Posted: Oct 1, 2006 1:29 PM >Haim, my recollection is that I was giving counter- >examples from Michigan to your argument that schools >have adequate funds. I cited specifics. I don't want to >reopen the argument about school funding unless you >have something new.
Like you, I am disinclined to re-open this debate if it means walking over the same ground. However, your comment, unless it is not more than a careless comment written in haste (as we are all wont to do), suggests to me that we misunderstood each other all along.
I never wrote, "schools have adequate funds", or anything like that. For one thing, it is not clear to me what "adequate" means, in this context. You, and others for sure, said that you do not have enough money to do all that you feel needs doing in the public schools. In connection with this, educationists have demanded the states should pour yet more money into the public schools. It is precisely this last point that I have addressed all along.
I claim, and I feel fully substantiated, that the states pour a very large part of their wealth into the public schools. I then invited you to consider the possibility that my assertion and your assertion are not mutually exclusive, they are not even necessarily inimical. In other words, is it possible for the states to pour a torrent of money into one end of the education pipeline and yet for their to be too little money at the other end, i.e., in the classrooms?
You seemed disinclined to explore this line of reasoning. However, my principle objection, from the beginning, has been to the assertion, suggestion, implication that the states do not put enough money into the public schools. The states pour an enormous amount of money into the schools, and it is past time to call the schools to account for it.
I absolutely believe that you, Richard, do not see enough of that river of money in your classroom. Seems to me that you, as much as anyone and more than most, should want to know what has happened to all that money and that you should demand an acounting from the people responsible.
This much I feel confident about. When cities, like NYC and Detroit, are spending from 30% to 60%, and more, of their budgets on schools, we are coming to the end of the social dynamic in which the schools can get ever more money merely by asking for it. Now is a good time to start thinking of something else.