Monday, December 20, 2004

More on the downfall of education in America

I wrote a piece on the insanity that is public education. The Owner's Manual: Beyond Outrage adds more to the discussion.
It's not like we aren't spending enough. New York City has decided $20,000 a year per kid is needed to produce dismal ignorance in the face of $4,000 a year, the tuition for schooling a child in one of the city's parochial schools. A comparison of graduate quality between the two systems starkly favors nonpublic education, as we have come to expect.
In my wildest thoughts, I can't imagine how administrative costs could amount to even $4000 per student. When will we decide enough is enough and put an end to this travesty.

Professor Plum has more to say on NY City and the educational fiasco. The use of untried teaching methods is without excuse. It is not as though we don't know how to teach reading. They were doing a wonderful 150 years ago. It's called phonics. Apparently they school systems are afraid to get in the way of the "Hooked on Phonics" program.

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