> Kirby Posted: Feb 10, 2007 5:34 PM > >Sounds like another Casper Weinberger toilet seat, > >or Halliburton scam. > > I wouldn't know. I am just a humble guy trying to > to make a simple point: we spend an awful lot of > money on public education. If I could get an "amen" > on that, I would be satisfied. > > > Haim > Je me souviens
Well, OK then. Amen.
I'd say the same amount we spend today could be *so much better* spent that you'd hardly recognize your America, so much better it would be, for having a better educated populace, living in far less squalor (both intellectual and otherwise).
I have no problem with power struggles over limited funds. That's a lot of what our electoral process is about (by design). I'm happy to compete with those other establishment curricula and their evangelists, like Wayne does, and Jerry P. Becker.
I don't see siphoning off public funds to voucher vultures as the answer though. There are groundrules in democracy, just like the NFL, which you don't break if you plan to keep playing. My concern is *some* in the private sector feel little sense of obligation to follow any such codes of ethics, would actually prefer to subvert them in favor of their own theories and ideologies.
The USA has this enlightened design which is very permissive of private schools, but by the same token neither is it beholden to the private sector to the extent that its tax collecting machinery must be its slave, even at the level of the family unit, which you say should have final say over how government funds should be allocated.
There's some proud heritage to protect. The public school system helps protect it. You say "but it's broken" and I agree: we're not well defended by many public office holders currently entrusted to protect and further develop our only-200-plus-year-old experiment in democracy.
We must urgently address our severest shortcomings, I strongly concur. For me, that means recruiting more math teachers to my CP4E and HP4E banners -- that whole Pentagon Math and Math Makeover thing I've been archiving about for lo these many years, and so really needn't go into again, at least not here.
Time to get back to work (or goofing off, given it's First Day).
PS: griping about that typo in my earlier post. Too many 'I's in the "big softie" paragraph. Plus I just emailed something wherein I failed to properly balance my nested parentheses. We geeks angst over details like that, given what we write is so often intended to be machine executable, and machines barf on the slightest errors sometimes.