Given my inexperience with public education, I would hope you'll be grading me on a curve. Whatever that is!
An F either way. At least predecessors knew we had public schools, and the better ones could trace the history of them back to the campaigning of Franklin and Jefferson.
Starting at zero and dropping exponentially.
Republicans are graded on a curve. You have to give them a 3 million vote head start to keep them a viable party. Then this is what you get for it. They are dumbing down America as fast as they can in hopes they will create a new generation of Republicans.
urban public education is an oxymoron
Jed, no only acceptable, expected.
Hat, you may be partially correct, Many conservatives were public education graduates.
The GOB (baksheesh) applauds ignorance, so she’s now head of the class. Who cares if the GOP sold out Amerika’s children as long as the GOP Congress pockets are full.
The curves on her ass, her tits or her wrinkles…..
DeVos is no friend to Public Schools!
After retiring from 30 years of teaching in a public school, I went to work in a charter school. The difference is amazing. I was the only experienced teacher other than one who failed to make tenure at her previous school, for reasons that were obvious. The rest were new graduates. The salary was about 2/3 of what they would have made at a public school, annual raises weren’t part of the deal, and there was no tenure. Since this was a much worse deal than was available from the public schools ( which don’t pay that well either), we got the leftovers after the public schools had hired the cream of the crop. The biggest budget item for any school is teacher salaries, and the company didn’t make money by hiring good teachers, they made money by hiring anyone that was breathing. There are rules that require charter schools to take students without regard to whether they have any special needs, they were ignored. And, the charter school kids still did about the same on tests as those in the school they would come from. Public schools take all kids and provide what they need to the extent that their budget will allow. Charter schools aren’t an improvement over public schools, they only serve to take money from public schools, and that money is needed.
Casino empire – failed! University – fraudulent! HUGE sucesses!
The US spends more per capita than any other nation. Obviously, the results are subpar.
When I hear the word “Obviously” from a Trump supporter, I wonder about motivations and factual evidence to support their assertion. Prior to you, there is the evidence of an educator with three decades of experience, in both Public and Charter schools. There are other comments as well – that you blithely dismiss. Both my parents were educators with advanced degrees, and never in their careers did they face the kinds of attacks being done by the right wing.
Do you actually believe Republicans and oligarchs like Billionaire DeVos has altruism in mind when they look to subsidize their childrens’ education in religious schools by draining funds from Public schools?
And it’s a win-win for them, because not only are they helping themselves and keeping the base relatively uneducated and compliant, they are looking to break the back of teachers’ unions – which are one of the very last financial firewalls to preventing Republicans from cementing their right-wing stranglehold on America and its captive peasantry.
Stuart Carlson and Jerry Resler
April 12, 2017
May 28, 2018