Originally Posted by dasanman69
Yes we know what needs to be done but how to go about it. I read a article in the NYT titled 'a tale of 2 schools', both public schools and both received the same funding from the state. One was on the Upper East Side of Manhattan that the children of rich parents attended, and a school in a bad part of Brooklyn.
The parents of the UES school held fund raisers and were able to provide their school with the same resources as the best private schools meanwhile the school in Brooklyn had bake sales and we're only able to raise a few hundred dollars. So how can we fix that inequality?
The inequality is not money as we spend more per child then we ever have. The further back in history you go, the less was spent on education, and the more educated people were.
What we took out of education: Morality, Discipline, Social Statues. This coupled with broken homes and a government that will coddle you even when you fail has added to this decline, not the lack of money spent.
Back before the 70's, the Bible was an acceptable means of teaching in most schools. The teaching of social statues such as it is your obligation to add to society, to take care of your family, etc.. Moral absolutes and not just do what you want as long as it feels good. Discipline such as 'those that don't work, don't eat' all attribute to ones need to succeed in life. Succeed as in, get a good job, work hard, save money, pass on good values to your children. All that is eroded now, in the school.
At home, if these values are not taught, once again, you have failure. In the affluent areas, I'm sure these values are taught. In the poor neighborhood the mother (normally the only parent) is working or not involved as much with the child. On the other hand with Dr. Ben Carson his mother was involved and forced her boys to be educated even though she could not read herself.
I do think schools should have the best technology, teachers that are highly skilled, and a firm basis on what life really is. I also think bureaucracy 'steals' the needed funds from schools.
All this to say, there are many more important factors that need to be effectuated than the 'just throw more money' at it political solutions.
Thanks for your reply.