4-day School Week? Civil Rights Violations? Education=FAIL
This past week, there’s been a lot of education talk. Mostly about the 4-day school week and civil rights violations occurring in the discipline of public school attendees. Both of these topics are ridiculous! First of all, we throw so much money at our education system, head-start to college, and most school districts are BROKE? Then, the civil rights violations? Oh brother! And of course, Obama’s plan to throw MORE money at under-performing schools.
I see where the 4-day week makes sense, financially. Public schools can only get so much funding from the government. (sarcasm) The fact that most of them are really bad at budgeting is a different matter all together. But they can only ask parents and residents of the districts to pay so much in taxes. Especially when they’re not even seeing a slight return on their investment. Each year hundreds of school districts all across the country are dealing with shortfalls and budget cuts. Instead of making the difficult choices, cutting staff, and energy costs, they just go around the area with hat in hand basically asking for more money to mismanage. This is ridiculous. The public school system works the same way the government does: spend, spend spend, tax, tax, tax, with zero accountability. You want to find out where that $30 million levy went last year? Good luck! The budgets are nearly impossible to read, and forget trying to see the balance sheets for your school district.
Furthermore, when this generation hits the workforce, they won’t understand the concept of hard work, now you’re going to make them work for five WHOLE days? That’s crazy! (Severe sarcasm! For those that can’t read sarcasm.)
Now when you compare private schools to many of the struggling public schools, (I make a distinction there because there are some public school districts that are good and are doing well with their money. It’s rare, but they do exist.) you can see one of the major problems with the the education system is not the funding, it’s the unions. We know this. (We, as in, most conservatives.) We cannot deal with the root of the problem in our schools if we can’t get rid of the problems. The problem starts with the failure of the teachers. There are good teachers and there are bad ones. The problem is, the teachers unions have created an environment where mediocrity is the baseline and there’s no incentive to do better. Even those that do worse, have no fear because they won’t/can’t lose their jobs. When a district decides to cut teachers, they use a seniority based system. So a horrible teacher who’s been teaching for 5 years won’t lose their job, the great one who’s been working in the district for a year will. How does that even make sense?
Unfortunately, it’s the Millennial mentality of entitlement. You see this crap when you see students protesting tuition hikes in California. I’m sorry, but if you want a quality product, the LAST place you should look to for cheap prices and high quality education is the U.S. Government. Or lets look at the new program by the Dept of Education, Race to the Top, which requires that school districts discipline white students at the same rate they discipline minority students or they lose out on their share of $4.35 billion dollars.
“African-American students without disabilities are more than three times as likely to be expelled as their white peers,”
Is this shocking to anyone? The fact here is that black students are expelled three times more than white students isn’t a civil rights issue, it’s a parenting issue. It’s been proven that more black children come from single parent households and single parent households often have more chaos and less discipline than their two parent counterparts. This data has been rebutted time and time again by so-called civil rights activists because they don’t believe in personal accountability. They want to blame all society’s problems on someone else and ask that the government step in, wave it’s magic wand and make it go away. That’s not how the real world works kids. The government only creates more problems and more division in the country. If the division didn’t exist we wouldn’t need the government to to be our daddy or mommy, or whichever parent you seem to be lacking in your life.
But what does this “program” help? Nothing. What’s going to happen is schools will need to start using some messed up form of affirmative action to get the proper race quota of disciplined students so they don’t lose precious federal money. Like with all government programs, throwing money at the problem does not actually solve the problem. I know, this is contrary to everything liberals tell you. This will not help students learn more, or better, or even increase test scores, it’s just going to open the door for more lawsuits and “civil rights violations”. Soon enough schools will be ranked by the number of “violations” they have per year not how great of a school it is.
The problem with education isn’t the money. In fact, we spend more money per student than most developed countries in the world. Even China. We need to get rid of the union’s power over the districts, we need to let teachers be teachers and stop expecting them to be parents. Parents need to get involved in their child’s education. Attend school board meetings and talk to their child’s teacher. If this information has shown me anything, it’s shown me that the need to privatize the school system has never been more necessary. It’s also shown me that $4.35 billion dollars to bailout failing schools is exactly the same thing as bailing out GM. Only difference is, well…nothing. Over priced, government mandated products, union overlords, and horrible accounting practices. Clearly we like to keep making the same mistakes over and over and over again. And that’s the real problem here.