Better Ed Blogs
If you were a parent, where would you spend $21,000 on your child?
As the numbers of school districts shrink, the size of individual schools naturally grows. Because large schools normally have more to offer – including more advanced classes, better sports training, and greater extracurricular activities – the consolidation of small schools might not seem like that much of a problem. But recent studies are suggesting otherwise.
It seems to me that passing a 19th century middle school spelling test with words such as “perspicuity,” “scintillate,” “prerogative,” and “sinecure” would be far more difficult than passing BuzzFeed’s modern middle school spelling test.
Minneapolis Public Schools spends $525,000 for a classroom of 25 students each year, yet the teacher receives only 13% of that amount (17% if you factor in benefits).
No, our schools are not underfunded or lacking resources. What is lacking is honesty with the public.
How do you make students read a book? It’s a certain kind of test, and years ago, I was the student punished by it for not reading.
Education can truly help make America great. But it depends on what you mean by “education.”