and you don't have the standing to tell anyone to go away
I cannot help it if you cannot understand the point I was making or you buy into Haymarket's hysterics
I also note you have a quote of mine as your signature
figure out how that makes your comment look even more stupid
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
Look, only a lunatic would think that raising taxes is wealth redistribution and socialism and then the next day mention that they think its a good idea to chop off poor people's balls. Good day.
Ted Cruz is the dumbest person alive.
What does that have anything to do with it? Some of the absolute best high schools in our history were all-black private schools that served the African-American community who were excluded from the mainstream public schools. Some of the absolute best colleges and universities to date are HBCUs.Was your grandfather African American?
Are you suggesting a person's ethnicity has an immediate effect on their learning capabilities?How many different ethnic groups
I really don't know the answer to that question, but I can't imagine they would turn students down simply for a learning disability. Learning disabilities are a fairly newly discovered phenomenon and people in my grandfather's generation never really understood or acknowledged such conditions. The answer today is just to drug the kids and turn them into zombies. Or, the learning staff and parents can take the more difficult method of patiently spending more time and energy tutoring them. With such a small teacher-to-student ratio, such extended tutoring is quite possible.and individuals with learning disabilities attended his school,
Generally small as they should be. The difference between private and public schools is that the private schools have all the freedom in the world to build as many educational centers as humanely possible. The public schools are extremely restricted in the manner of constructing new schools. They'll overspend their budget to produce lavish buildings filled with administrators and empty departments with a shortage of teaching staff, but they're bureaucrats! What do you expect? The major difference is the amount of money wasted in the public school as opposed to the amount of money wisely utilized in a private school.what were the class sizes,
Of course they were! My grandfather, as much of a stern liberal democrat he is, can thank private charity 100% for his wonderful and empowering primary and secondary education.and was the church subsidizing some of the cost?
Underfunded?! We've doubled the amount spent per pupil (AFTER adjusting for inflation) over the past twenty years and we've seen nothing but flat line results. When we're spending, on average, close to 12 thousand dollars per public school student with no real results, I'd say you're going to have to qualify your use of the term "underfunded." Little private schools in the deepest part of an inner-city will spend a third of what the general public school spends per pupil and will get twice or triple the level of performance results.You have to look at all the factors involved with the task that underfunded public schools must deal with.
Bull****. It is completely based on the wealth of the parents. If you're wealthy, you can send your child anywhere you want, either by spending twice for their eduction (once in taxes for an education they don't receive and second in tuition for the education they do receive), or by moving your entire family to an area with a higher-performing public school. If you're middle class or working class, you're screwed. Your zip code will dictate your child's education. I don't believe that is fair.You can send your child anywhere you want to under our present system.
As I've already mentioned, private schools spend far less per pupil than general public schools while producing far greater results. Many even allocate a large portion of their revenue to hire competent, experienced teachers and to pay them more.You get what you pay for. You put as much money per student into public schools you would get the same results.
You're missing the tremendous benefits of being a teacher. It is a privilege to be a teacher or a professor. This profession, more so than other in this nation, has the ability to shape the entire personality of the next generation. It's not easy, but the rewards are very fulfilling. This is why some of the best teachers are found in private schools that happen to pay them less than public schools and who don't offer them tenure. Despite the lower pay and the fear of competition, these remarkable teachers live to teach. Since a large portion of WI kids in the public schools are currently on leave because their teachers care more about their pay and their tenure than they do about teaching, we can see who possesses the genuine passion for teaching.I have never said that, nor do I think that. But, I do believe a college education is a minimum requirement for teaching our children, and I don't expect a teacher, who has one of the most important, and most difficult jobs in our country to be paid less than a college educated professional would be paid in any other field.
And your expectation that educated teachers ought not to be paid any less than a college educated professional in any other field is absolutely ludicrous. Take a citizen with a degree in soft science philosophical pondering like sociology and compare him to a citizen with a degree in hard science engineering or mathematics. You honestly believe a person with a bachelor's degree in sociology should automatically receive the same or near-equal pay of a person with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering? Heck, I don't even think a person with a PhD in sociology has the same entitlement to the salary of a person with a bachelor's in civil engineering. They both have very radically different backgrounds and skills. These skills produce very radically different results of invention and innovation. Just because a student sat in class for four extra years and wrote a dissertation does not automatically entitle him or her to the wages of an equally educated student. Degrees produce different real results and your idea stems from the equalization of education and wages.
That is NOT a straw man. Let me quote what you said: " I don't expect a teacher...to be paid less than a college educated professional would be paid in any other field."
You're proposing the equalization of education and wages. It's no different than claiming ALL citizens with a certain kind of degree (be it a high school diploma, bachelor's degree or PhD) must be paid the same wages regardless of their job, their skills, or the specific degree they pursued. That's a very socialistic tendency, don't you think?
I'm not so much in favor of continuing a debate that focuses exclusively on degrading public schools and boosting private schools. Rather, I would like to propose that education be a voluntary, free-choice initiative made by parents, their children, and the schools involved. I don't believe in immediately abolishing public education but rather tying the allocated funds directly to the child so that the child and the parent can come together with a variety of schools and decide for themselves which is best suited for their child's needs and wants. I am completely against an imposed, standardized one-size-fits-all system of education that treats everyone the same. Education is an individual pursuit that must be tailored to the individual needs of the student. Students, and their parents, must be free to decide the place and general subject of their learning while retaining their rights to opt-out of traditional, mainstream-based education. As it stands right now, the system is a form of slavery that allows only the richest and most well-informed to opt-out for any sort of alternative.
I believe my proposed system of education will see a Renaissance period like no other before it. Schools based around the subject of music and/or arts will flourish to enhance the musical abilities of the most gifted youth. Other young adults will receive less stigma from society after they choose a more technical education based around hands-on learning. The bookish students can continue to pursue a more scholarly education and even advance to special schools that teach a very focused area of expertise. The possibilities are endless in my mind.