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The Good News About Education Spending? It’s Overrated!

Written By onci on Tuesday, August 4, 2009 | 5:01 PM

Maybe if enough school districts waste enough billions without enough results, people will finally realize: “Gee, maybe money isn’t everything. Maybe we really ought to make teachers major in what they teach. Maybe we ought to use reading programs that teach children to read in the first grade. Maybe we should use math programs that teach children to do arithmetic. Maybe if the people in charge were actually interested in education.....

Point is, the Education Establishment always demanded more money; always got more money; but rarely did a better job. Hmmm. Even my local paper, long a fan of giving educators whatever they wanted, ran a Cal Thomas column headlined: “Misplaced faith in education spending.” Analysts concluded that money is not the be-all. I say that knowing this is good news, liberating news. Now we can focus on what is the be-all: schools sincerely try to raise children as high as each one can go.

(Could educators with a trillion dollars get good results?? Not if they use Sight Words.)
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