Friday, February 10, 2006

Which leads me to a couple bumper stickers I saw this afternoon during my lunchbreak:

"So Many Right Wing Christians, So Few Lions."

-So Much For Tolerance.

"After we get through rebuilding Iraq, could we rebuild our schools?"

-Am not a betting person, but am willing to venture that the Iraq thing will probably be more successful since teachers' unions don't appear to be directly involved there.

6 comments:

nappy40 said...

And the idea that someone has to pay for those schools.

Be said...

Oh, I don't mind paying for the schools if I know that the money's being managed properly, which it's not. (Always ask people what the overhead costs are when they start going on about not having enough money. It's surprising how many don't know what that is, what a P&L is, etc).

People often go on about how we need more school funding. Okay. Here anyway, funding's based on property taxes. The Boston area's got some of the highest property values in the country - same holds true then, I'd assume, of property taxes and school funding. If that's the case, then, why are they so poorly performing?

I've heard that a lot of money goes into admin (there was quoted something like a 1:1 teacher:admin ratio in Eastern MA schools; don't know if this is still the case.) and things like a higher-than-average consumption of SPED funds, etc.

I'm so thankful that I don't have to worry about schooling kids right now. Given the choice between a MA school and homeschooling, I'd take the latter option hands down if I could afford it.

nappy40 said...

I would homeschool if I knew how. I don't think I'm equipped to do it.

Around here the money issue is a big deal. Elderly folks or those without kids don't like to vote for those bond proposals that raise property taxes and give money to the schools.

Why are these schools so poorly performing? Don't dare blame the teachers or the bureaucracy that is the public school system. It's a big mess.

Be said...

Nappy: if you could hear when and where the local teachers' union advertises here, it'd make it pretty obvious where a lot of the money goes (in MA, anyway.)

You're better educated than I am - so in terms of knowhow, you'd be perfectly equipped to homeschool. It just takes a lot of time.

We always want the best for our kids. It's tough reconciling the emotional with the intellectual in that realm. Sigh.

nappy40 said...

I could teach the basics up to grade 4, I imagine. But I'd send her to you for language and fine arts summers.

Be said...

You could go well through high school, I'm sure.

Maybe we should start a summer camp. You could work on academics and I could work on craft hour. You'd have to help out though, as there probably should be some sort of pottery unit.