“Believe it or not, I am not anti gun. I am anti schools getting shot up once a week.”
American Reformer Joe H, NY
“Of all the areas these lobbyists were able to influence, the policy campaign that netted the most laws passed, featured the most big players, and boasted the most effective organizations was public education. For these U.S. corporations, undermining the public school system was the Holy Grail.”
Training first-world children for a third-world life
Crimes against humanity
“The brand-new building, paid for by the European Union, was constructed just three weeks ago. Now, little more than the concrete floor and an outhouse remain.”
Israel has demolished or damaged three educational facilities for Palestinian children in the past two weeks. Israel says the schools were built illegally.
Your kid won’t learn about history, civics, finance, or arts – they will be too busy learning to code for google.
“They have the power to change policy, but no corresponding check on that power,” said Megan Tompkins-Stange, an assistant professor of public policy at the University of Michigan. “It does subvert the democratic process”
They are influencing what students learn, and how teachers teach — with millions of children serving as de facto beta testers for their ideas.
Most towns fund schools from property tax. If the town is wealthy with high property values, schools are extremely well funded. If the town is poor, with very little wealth in home values, schools are underfunded and failing.
The State of Vermont funds schools by creating a shared fund state wide. Property tax from around the state is deposited into the fund, and then distributed to schools based on pupil count to equalize money spent per student. They also fund schools with an income tax mechanism. This way all students receive a fair education, regardless of which zip code they live in.
“Just a few decades ago, our public education system provided ample opportunities for young people to learn about careers in manufacturing and other vocational trades. Yet, today, high-schoolers hear barely a whisper about the many doors that the vocational education path can open. The “college-for-everyone” mentality has pushed awareness of other possible career paths to the margins. The cost to the individuals and the economy as a whole is high. If we want everyone’s kid to succeed, we need to bring vocational education back to the core of high school learning.”
Instructor helps a student participating in a woodworking manufacturing training program in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Photographer: Tim Boyle/Bloomberg Charlie Negron Throughout most of U.S. history, American high school students were routinely taught vocational and job-ready skills along with the thr…