Money is not education’s problem

Published 12:34am Wednesday, March 21, 2012

It is difficult to tune out education advocates when they are constantly complaining about more and more money for schools.

You would think schools had been thrown under the political bus and left for road kill. I have yet to hear anyone discuss the root problems associated with the public school systems other than the allegation they are woefully under funded.

If I understand the advocates correctly, if there were more tax dollars thrown at education everything would be dandy.

We really are fortunate schools cannot borrow money like the federal government or it would have been over long ago.

However, if the schools are in crisis, the Alabama Legislature should do the right thing and forfeit their exorbitant pay raise they passed for themselves in 2007, and earmark it for schools or All Kids.

Personally, I think they had hoped everyone had forgotten about that burden they placed on the taxpayers. The Democrats rammed it through over the objections of Republicans, but Republicans are in charge now, therefore, they should now show some leadership. If it is not repealed or turned over to the suffering children of our state, Republicans are no better than Democrats.

Frankly, I do not believe either Democrats or Republicans would be in favor of that arrangement. If we could buy our politicians for what they are worth and sell them for what they think they are worth, the coffers would be running over with money. For sure, no one should expect full time pay for part time work.

Admittedly, it is difficult for someone of my generation to sympathize with the plight of the public school system.

My generation grew up with primitive conditions compared to today’s schools. Two room rural elementary public schools, where three grades were taught in each room by one teacher in each per room. Schools were without electricity or any modern conveniences.

Things were only slightly better in junior and senior high, but certainly not to the level of today. In addition, our parents provided food, school supplies, paid tuition, lab fees and whatever else was required in school.

I’m not sure how much today’s parents contribute to their children’s education but apparently it is far less now.

It is my contention the problems with public education is not with money, but with the disintegration of the family unit, intrinsic bureaucracy, the Department of Education, National Education Association, Alabama Education Association and, most importantly, the foundation of the schools.

“The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.” — Benjamin Rush, On the Mode of Education Proper in a Republic, 1806.


  • popdukes12

    I went to Burnsville elementary. We had two grades per room, a pot belly heater (coal fired) in the middle of the room, lunch in a syrup bucket (rich kids had a lunch box), outhouses, and all the boys were barefooted. In high school, we did have a fan in the room, but no such thing as an air conditioner. We probably graduated 90% of our students and very few had trouble with the ACT or SAT tests. What happened?
    I have always be curious why the paper doesn’t compare the local high schools in terms of graduation percentage, percentage going on to college, and comparable test scores, cost per student, etc. It is also confusing why kids that have parents that are registered voters in the city are attending Dallas County High. I’m guessing someone is just so overworked they aren’t able to catch that. pops

  • mo-of-thesame

    Finally the truth is told!!!

    The real beneficiaries of the public school system are the people who work there and are vendors…. Certainly not the children. More money has only dropped scores.

    The tax paying public and every parent should be asking how the private schools are producing 40% better test scores on 40% of the funding. Every child has the same capacity to learn and it has been proven that a high impact classroom can overcome a low impact home so why is Selma Public failing?

    Mr. Smith has answered that question! The question now is will the tax paying public hold them accountable or just keep rowing the boat to failure?

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