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From: Paul Andrew Mitchell [address in tool bar]
Subject: SLS: State Educational Funding (fwd)

>>>From the August (Education) issue of Freedom House
>>State Educational Funding
>>I read the other day that our kid's public school education costs more
>>than $5,400 per child per school year. That does not include the
>>facilities or maintenance, just the academics, special programs, and
>>administration. That is over $10,800 per year for my two children.
>>The thought of being able to buy my children 100 books each, a
>>computer, a room full of crafts, tools and supplies seems within
>>reach. I figure the total cost would be about $3,500. The other $1,900
>>could be spent on museum visits, tours, and several hikes through the
>>mountains and along the beaches, including carfare, meals, and motel
>>rooms on our visits. It would also pay my neighbors to help teach the
>>kids about electronics and chemistry and biology and physics when my
>>own skills began to fall short. 
>>The other child's share would finance a wonderful trip through the
>>great cities of Europe for about $2,500, and pay private tuition for
>>dance, special lessons, self defense, quality concerts, theater,
>>sports events and a YMCA membership. There would be plenty left over
>>to feed them both gourmet school lunches that they could cook for
>>themselves under supervision, and walk or drive a mile to the park,
>>where they can also swim, play volleyball, baseball, football, soccer,
>>lacrosse, tennis, and play on the swings in their spare time, for a
>>total of about $350 per year. They do more than half of that already. 
>>My kids also read about $300 per year in books that are not bought by
>>the school. They also read dozens more from the library. They also go
>>to concerts and plays, and participate in youth choir and activities
>>at the church, and take lessons and play sports, have hobbies and
>>recreations galore. They also make things, and think, and dream, and
>>plan. They even learn math and science. 
>>Where would we keep all the stuff? Surely, the facilities costs and
>>maintenance expenses of the public schools would pay for an addition
>>on our house, or a much larger apartment! There would undoubtedly be
>>enough left over to pay our utility bills *and* rent a storage locker,
>>Come to think of it, what do they do in school all day?  
>>Well, they leave home at 8:00 and return at 3:45. They get an hour and
>>a half of "bus education." That is where they learned how to "moon,"
>>and how to act disinterested when a bully pulls your hair. They also
>>get 45 minutes for lunch. That leaves five and a half hours. 
>>They get 45 minutes in gym and in the library, where they play and
>>read like they do at home. They get 45 minutes each in music and art, 
>>where they sing and listen to tapes, and color and cut out shapes, 
>>like they do at home. There are about two and a half hours left over, 
>>during which trained instructors do their level best (sometimes) to 
>>impart knowledge to a wide variety of children, some who can not 
>>read, and others who have finished the book three years ago. 
>>The corporate teaching includes rigorous discipline (sometimes) so
>>that all 30 kids keep reasonably quiet together (occasionally) while
>>about six (maybe) learn something. The balance of the time they are
>>reading or writing by themselves (supposedly) while the (purportedly)
>>trained instructor devotes time to individual students. In a class of
>>30, with an hour to dedicate to this vital business, that allows two
>>minutes per child.
>>I am a firm believer in the power of a good teacher. There are some.
>>During my days in school, there were a half dozen who really stood
>>My grandfather was superintendent of Detroit Public Schools, and a
>>college professor; my grandmother and both of my parents were
>>teachers; my brother taught, as did my aunt. I greatly admired them 
>>all. While most kids would excel outside of school, there are many 
>>fine teachers.
>>30 kids per class, $5,400 per kid: that's $162,000, not including 
>>the facility or maintenance. I know about what a teacher earns, and 
>>how poorly supplied the classrooms are. Closest I can figure, there 
>>is about $100,000 missing from every class ... You do not even need 
>>an elementary education from a public school to know where it went.
>>Dave Delany
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