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    How did I ever get an edjukation…

    How did I ever get an edjukation…

    considering that I finished high skool before the creashion of the U.S. Deparment of Edjukation in 1980.

    If there were federal mandates, bureaucracies, and of course, No Child Left Behind, when I was in skool …

    I actually might have amounted to somethin and not needed my own personal prufreeder.

    If the DoE disappeared tomorrow, what in the wirld would we doo?


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    FrankNitti | October 18, 2011 at 7:16 am

    I do contract work for a local school district here in SC. This past Sept. walked into a class and the teacher had a syllabus(guess they called it that in elem. school)on the board. In the first line was the term PASS( which here is a standardized test that all schools are graded against), I asked her about it and she flat out told me that the PASS test is basically all they teach…..

    PS…..same school, couple weeks later, they would not let me in the school as another standardized test was going on, MAPP.

    That my friends is why the students don’t learn anything.

    damocles | October 18, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Homeschools,private schools, and charter schools, are the way to go. Many private schools have scholarship aid for lower income kids who are academically qualified, and parochial schools have lower fees for those who pay into the parish. Charter schools have started to move in the right direction, but they are now starting to threaten the public school collective, so it is very difficult to get into them.
    In Texas a large scale voucher program was defeated in the most recent legislature session. Under the bill, students at risk of dropping out, victims of school violence, those in special education or limited English proficiency students, and those from households with income below 200% of the qualifying income for free and reduced price lunches would have qualified for educational vouchers worth 90% of the statewide average public funding per student. The bill was gutted to make vouchers available only for public and not private schools and so it died.
    Parents should have the opportunity to choose where their kids go to school. Vouchers should be given to all families even if at 50%, and should be for any school of their choosing, public,private or parochial. In this way public schools would be held more accountable and those who want to pay for private school can find the extra cost from their own income or scholarships. At the very least it would give the consumer (the parents) some leverage over the leviathon that is the teachers union.

    beloved2 | October 18, 2011 at 3:15 pm
    Rick Perry’s Education Policy Is More Sophisticated Than Obama’s
    By Mona Charen
    So what has Perry done to earn this epithet? He’s taken on the higher education establishment in Texas. He has proposed – gasp — that Texas’s four-year institutions develop a plan to offer bachelor’s degrees for no more than $10,000. “Skeptics,” the Post tells us, say that the goal cannot be achieved without sacrificing “academic quality and prestige.” It shows, these same unnamed critics assert, that the governor has a “record of plunging into splashy ventures, at times, despite the complexities, constituencies, or sensitivities involved.”

    So it’s half-cocked to suggest that universities, even public universities, reduce their fees. But when President Obama suggests digging ourselves ever deeper into debt to further subsidize higher education, that’s a complex and nuanced approach? Has Obama thought deeply about the problem of the higher education bubble? Has he considered that for decades the federal government has been subsidizing college and graduate work (through grants and loans) and that as a consequence, institutions of higher learning have been jacking up their fees?…”
    In addition to suggesting that tuition be reduced, a panel appointed by Governor Perry suggested that professors were “wasting time and money churning out esoteric, unproductive research.” Shocking. The panel suggested dividing the research and teaching budgets to encourage excellence in both, while also introducing merit pay for exceptional classroom teachers.

    Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal reports that students are flocking to colleges and universities in flat, freezing North Dakota to take advantage of lower tuition rates. Enrollment at public colleges has jumped 38 percent in the last decade, led by a 56 percent increase in out of state students. Colleges around the nation, the Journal advises, must now compete for a new kind of student: “the out-of-state bargain hunter.”

    Admittedly, North Dakota benefited from oil revenue and spent generously on its colleges and universities over the past 12 years. But in a time of straightened circumstances for everyone, how does it not make sense to have colleges and universities compete on price?

    Obama seeks to forestall this commonsense solution by once again increasing government subsidies. Student loans, courtesy of Obama, can now be “forgiven” after 20 years of payment, or after 10 years if students choose “public service.” Who pays the difference? You know who.

    Just as it seemed to be such a great idea for everyone to own a home, we’ve spent decades subsidizing everyone who wanted to go to college. The result has been an upward spiral of prices, which in turn causes politicians like Obama to call for more subsidies.

    And Perry is the simplistic one?….”
    After Governor Perry is elected, he will most likely disband the government’s Department of Education because he believes it should be a function of states’ rights. And just think how many billions that is going to save the federal government and all that teaching talent has to get a classroom job.hmm….

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