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4-day School Week? Civil Rights Violations? Education=FAIL

March 12, 2010

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.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. mmartin51 permalink
    March 12, 2010 2:34 pm

    You should also point out the additional costs to parents in increased daycare fees, lost wages and other expenses. Since the educational establishment wants to be surrogate parents to our children and control what they can do in their non-school time, then the educational establishment should stand the increased costs to parents. We have budgets, too.

    • March 12, 2010 2:50 pm

      I could have gone on for days with this post, to be honest with you. But yes, I agree that the increased cost to the parents in time, daycare, ect, is a major part of the 4-day week problem. I know most parents shouldn’t use the schools as a day care center, but when BOTH parents NEED to work, it often works best in that scenario. There should be a “kick back” to the families. But we all know, the districts won’t and can’t afford to do that. They’re cutting a day to try and cut into their shortfall, unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that taxes will go down or even stay at the same level.

  2. March 12, 2010 2:36 pm

    I actually just talked about this issue at my show on Blog Talk Radio (Conservative T and T) this past week, and you really hit it on the head with your assessment on how we are spending way to much for schools that are being mismanaged. The problem is these school districts really believe if they tell the community they need more money for education, they will be standing there with their wallets open ready to give more to the “poor” schools that just need a little more to make things better. In reality, the government interfering in our educational system has caused these problems to begin with, and the only solution they come up with to fix things is to spend more money. We have spent way too much already and there is nothing we the people are getting in return for our investment. Those who understand that are the ones that fight the higher taxes, those who do not feel we should give more because our children are worth it.

    I am not saying that the children do not deserve the best education, but if anyone actually believe they will get it from the government is just not in tune to what is going on and what has happened in the past. We allow these schools to be pools for indoctrination, and then ask the parents to fund them as if they could not do a better job at home with their children? Something is not right, but, as I have said, this is what we get when the government gets involved in something that should be left up to the states and the private sector.

    I will say, however, about your thoughts on the college tuition hikes, which I also talked about earlier this week, is that not all of these students are sitting out there crying that the government needs to help them more. When I lived in Pittsburgh, PA, there would be protests at all the major colleges in the area because of tuition hikes. These students were not asking for a handout, just asking why their tuition has to keep going up every single year, as if they were not paying enough in the first place. I was one who protested these kinds of hikes, because my return on investment seemed minimal to what I was putting in. BUT, if I wanted to go on and do what I wanted to do in life I had to stick with it, and no other school was DROPPING tuition, so the best way is to fight the school you are in and hope your small group can make an impact. I will agree though that there are those who want the government to give them everything on a silver platter, and that includes secondary education. Those people need to grow up and take responsibility for their own lives and their own actions!

    Great blog you have here! I will throw it up on my blogroll at my website!

    • March 12, 2010 3:04 pm

      Thanks for the comment!

      I agree, I could have done a bit of a better job explaining the various reasons for college student tuition hike angst, but you explained the other side, perfectly.

      I see the problem with higher education as being more about people feeling that they HAVE to have at a minimum a bachelors degree from a 4 yr college to even have a chance at getting a decent job. I’m not entirely sure where that comes from. I know many people who have spent a quarter of the money and half the time going to community colleges, vocational training schools and even doing apprenticeships to work in a field making good money. But, that could be traced back to the liberal indoctrination money machine. Gotta tell the kids that you NEED college, and the money keeps rolling in. It’s for the kids, after all.

      But the numbers don’t always add up, like Jason Lewis said earlier this week (if you don’t listen to him, you should, you’d probably enjoy him, or he’s nationally syndicated) if you want to be a teacher, does it make sense to pay for school with loans, upwards of $60k, then go on to get your masters, to make $25k a year? No. It doesn’t. But what’s the alternative? There isn’t one. We have virtually no choice in the matter. This is the cost and if you want the product, you must pay it.

      • Anarcho-capitalist permalink
        December 1, 2010 2:59 pm

        “I see the problem with higher education as being more about people feeling that they HAVE to have at a minimum a bachelors degree from a 4 yr college to even have a chance at getting a decent job. I’m not entirely sure where that comes from. ”

        It stems from government loans which have unnaturally driven-up the cost of education. See:

  3. March 12, 2010 3:01 pm

    Your best point…

    “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.)”

    Nice post, I enjoyed reading it.

  4. April 4, 2010 9:29 am

    The President is making a push for our nation to begin increasing our exports, but how can we increase exports if we aren’t producing anything, and how can we produce anything if we reduce the amount of education our children are receiving?

    When God created the world, he did so in six days and rested on the seventh. Now school districts, for apparent financial reasons (and I know districts are struggling financially, but…), are looking at four days of education, with three days of rest. Hmmm…. what are we setting up here? As you mentioned, they’re going to have to “work for five WHOLE days” when they get into the workforce. What are they going to do? But this really is a recipe for disaster. And it all has to do with entitlements.

    A Sense of Entitlement is the Dagger that went through the Heart of Personal Responsibility.

    And this whole thing about setting a level of mediocrity is dangerous. We need to restore our country to being a meritocracy, personally, in our schools, in our businesses, churches, homes, government, everywhere.

    By the way, I agree with you about more privatization of schools, not just for monetary reasons, but quality of education, too. I’ve got a lot to say on that, but won’t dive into it here.

    This was a great post, and you have a great blog. Keep it up!

  5. Anarcho-capitalist permalink
    December 1, 2010 3:38 pm

    The real problem is that government schools are based on socialism (please don’t refer to them as “public” schools, an Orwellian term meant to assign responsibility for their failure on the public rather than the government). All government is socialism:

    Government schools have a pro-government bias. If you don’t believe me, just compare different government textbooks worldwide.

    Govt. schools also causes greater political contention, as everyone is at each others throats to get hold of what the children are taught. If education were entirely private, there would be no contention, for in the free market the consumer is king, for if you don’t satisfy the consumer you’re history.

    Check out this book by “Mr. libertarian” Murray Rothbard (p. 127):

    “In contrast to the private, profitmaking business, the government bureaucrat is neither interested in efficiency nor in serving his customers to the best of his ability. Having no need to make profits and sheltered from the possibility of suffering losses, the bureaucrat can and does disregard the desires and demands of his consumer-customers. His major interest is in “not making waves,” and this he accomplishes by even-handedly applying a uniform set of rules, regardless of how inapplicable they may be in any given case.

    A host of diverse schools would spring up to meet the varied structure of educational demands by
    parents and children. Some schools would be traditional, others progressive. Schools would range through the full traditional-progressive scale; some schools would experiment with egalitarian and gradeless education, others would stress the rigorous learning of subjects and competitive grading; some schools would be secular, others would emphasize various religious creeds; some schools would be libertarian and stress the virtues of free enterprise, others would preach various kinds of


    • Anarcho-capitalist permalink
      December 1, 2010 3:42 pm

      EDIT: Rothbard is referring in the second paragraph to what would happen in a free-market of private schools that have no connection to government like they do now.


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