What are we supposed to infer from your juxtaposition of teachers with politicians (who do vote their own salaries) and corporate executives (who you wrongly believe also set their own salaries)?
>or for me to personally be given "all the money," >whatever that's supposed to mean
In this discussion, I demonstrated that we, as a society, pump a veritable torrent of money into our public schools. I used some specific examples to illustrate the general case. For instance, I showed that New York City spends on its schools approximately three times the SUM of police, fire, and sanitation---nearly $16 BBBillion or 36% of the entire City budget. No other single line item comes close to our expenditure on education.
Another example was the sad case of Detroit. With the help of the state, that cesspool of human aspirations known as the Detroit Public Schools consumes a budget fully 60% the size of Detroit City's. I mean, Damn! Sixty percent! How did it ever get to that?
I asked you, and Richard, several times: when is it enough? How much money do you want? If 36% or 50% or 60% is not enough, what is? Give us a number. Give us some standard by which we can judge. Give us something. Anything.
We got nothing. You, whose comments initiated this thread, remain silent (except for vile, gratuitous personal insults). Richard, without a trace of remorse or shame or even a hint of second thoughts, merely repeated his demand that we spend more. Well, if 60% is not enough for you, then you must want 70%, or is it 80%, or 90%, or....
In fact, you do not really care, what it's going to take? This is not about educating children. You have in your head a vision of social engineering and you mean to realize it no matter how much blood you have to suck out of society. Police? Fire? Social services? You don't give a damn. You think that if only you had enough money, all these other problems will go away. None of those other services will be necessary if only children were rightly educated --- by you. And you are willing to bet the farm on this, despite a total absence of success of any kind. The modern educators, of which you are a mascot, have gone from failure to failure for at least the last 60 yrs, and with complete shamelessness and utter contempt for the people whose money you take and whose children you cheat out of their educations you demand yet more.
Is that not it? Then I am ready to read your (first) cogent argument on "vast underfunding".