If you’re a teacher in Minneapolis and you don’t have enough supplies, the air conditioning doesn’t work, or you need extra help, simply look around the classroom, count your kids, multiply each child by $20,767, subtract your compensation, and then ask yourself, “Where does all the money go?”
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Did we lose our way when we moved education to the “kitchen” of the federal government and away from the small, but effective, local school?
Like an empire, Minneapolis’ fate will be determined by the education of its youth. The big question is whether or not the youth, including those who graduated last year, are fully prepared for life, work, civic involvement, and so much more.
If you’re a parent, you’ve probably heard a complaint like this before:
“Mom! My teacher gives me too much homewooork. I can’t dooo it because I’m too tiiired!”
I was in high school when I first attended a lecture which extolled the virtues of learning Latin. To be perfectly frank, I was horrified by the concept and secretly hoped my parents wouldn’t get any ideas and launch me into such a course!
Have you seen Waiting for Superman? As Better Ed recently discovered, the same thing is happening in our own backyard. An official at Global Academy—a charter school just north of Minneapolis in Columbia Heights—told us something astounding: around 900 children were recently turned down for Fall 2014 admission!!!