The True Cost of Public Education

Gina - posted on 01/29/2011 ( 21 moms have responded )

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This is amazing, that they can hide the true cost like they do. I am amazed at how much they spend to educate each child. I homeschool my kids, and can say it doesn't cost even a fraction of what public school costs.

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ME - posted on 03/25/2011

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Buddhists do not believe in god...Om is not the name of god, it is the sound of "nothingness"...

Tammy - posted on 03/03/2011

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The more I learn the more i realize that the worst homeschool environment is still preferrable and would do a better job.

Gina - posted on 03/03/2011

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Ugh, where to start. The first link about the children being spoon fed socialism in their reading program makes me sick. Especially on kids that young. People who have their children in school who are at this age level, need to contact their school and make sure this crap isn't being taught to them. Instead of teaching kids this, they need to tell them that this is basically in the communist manifesto and communist bill of rights. If they are going to do this, they should just be honest about what they are doing, but instead they are doing in the secrecy of educating your children.



The second link on how hard it is to fire a bad teacher shows the truth. In New York, there was a teacher who made a sexual advance to his student. Instead of firing him, because of the difficulties through the unions, he gets paid over $100,000 a year to sit in a rubber room. That is even in that video clip on Stupid in America. Something has got to change. I am feeling like Americans are throwing common sense out the window, either that, or the Americans who have common sense need to make their voices be heard.

Gina - posted on 01/31/2011

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I agree, it would be so nice to choose which way your children are schooled. Then to be able to take your money for schooling and put it to where you want. That is why whenever the govt. gets involved in anything it doesn't work out. The private market always works better.

Brenda - posted on 01/29/2011

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That is why I think there should be a tax credit given, of an amount that is determined to reasonably reflect the cost of an education. Get the money directly back in the hands of the parents and give them back the power to decide exactly what is going to be the best education to suit their children (as they are all individual).



If we get the middleman (aka the government) out of the way, there would be more money to go around, more competition which would improve schools (enlarging curriculum, adding trade school training for higher grades, etc)



With the competitive environment that would develop after empowering the parents, we would see huge progress in the curriculum offered and test scores along with more innovations/inventions in many areas, etc .,that would increase our competitiveness in the world market.



Why can't those pinheads in Washington figure it out?

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Brenda - posted on 03/16/2011

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I didn't say I would adopt exactly the same curriculum, but I do like the idea that the more of their body they use (especially when they are younger), the more they retain. Instead of using Yoga sounds/names, I would, as the picture shows, have them make the letter with their bodies, make the long and short 'a' sounds, and name words that start with 'a', based of the phonics model of teaching (phonograms).

I guess I should have taken my idea a littler futher, but it was getting late and life is busy, so sorry to freak you out.

One can always improve on a liberal concept, right? ;)

Tammy - posted on 03/15/2011

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Sorry Lee, (I can't believe I'm saying this) I have to disagree with you! UG! I knew it would happen sooner or later;) But I'm sure we can manage;)

Actually, that's the kind of classes the progressives want in schools these days. I personally wouldn't let my kids in them. Most people don't realize this but the "sounds" they use in Yoga aren't just sounds. "Om" is the name of a god. So you would actually be calling on the name of a false god while doing it. Some of the positions are also relative to the religions that use it. While I'm not against stretching ( I soooo need to start doing that) I wouldn't go as far as an official yoga class and certianly not for my kids because of the religious aspect.

Additionally (here is my reading rant) Rhyming has nothing to do with phonic awareness. It actually confuses. Rhyming if fine for poetry, not so much for learning to read English. Real phenomic awareness is realizing that we make sounds and how we make them and from where in our head we make them combined with recognizing that "written symbols" (aka: letters, aka: phonograms) represent these sounds on paper. Our written language is a code. Writing is "coding" and reading is "decoding".

So while they may be using a fun physical activity as a way to make learning to read fun, they are applying faulty phonics while possibly sneaking in some beliefs I wouldn't be comfortable with.

My 2 cents anyway:)

Brenda - posted on 03/03/2011

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Revisiting my earlier comment about parental control of curriculum; indoctrination is a HUGE cost we pay. Our children are not being educated on the basics (2+2=4 - a large percentage of highschoolers can't even read their high school diplomas or pass a military entrance exam)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/21...



But rather they are being spoonfed Socialism - to accept that the Government is a sort of 'god' who will take care of them if they do as they are told.



http://www.theblaze.com/stories/socialis...

Tammy - posted on 02/08/2011

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I heard about that! They think they have the authority to do ANYTHING with children in the public schools. That's why they don't like homeschooling or even private schools that much. It removes kids from their influence.

Gina - posted on 02/08/2011

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Did you hear about this happening......


Don't you just love public education.... !

Brenda - posted on 02/08/2011

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Another 'cost' of public education is the fact that parents don't have control over the curriculum and/or political agenda that gets presented to their kids. This is a scary article ladies. Read it and spread the word. Let me remind you that Muslims believe you can't really be a 'true' follower of Islam unless you read and study the Quran in Arabic because they claim some things are 'lost in translation'. Yeah, right.



http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2011/02/07/manda...



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The link now reads:



"A Mansfield ISD program to teach Arabic language and culture in schools is on hold for now, and may not happen at all."



Yess!! Good on the parents to not let the dumb district get away with this garbage!

Gina - posted on 02/07/2011

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My son is the same way. Today he didn't want to have anything to do with writing his math problems on paper. So I had to get physical things for him to count and subtract with, and once I did that he came alive. He is 6, and I know he would struggle if there weren't any hands on.

Brenda - posted on 02/07/2011

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This was great! Definitely true. My son has a learning disability and he learns better hands on than sitting there being bored to death and/or confused by reading, watching the teacher write on the board, etc. He has a auditory processing issue and hands on is much better for him. If we privatized schooling, there would be all types of schools that offered many different teaching styles and approaches that would be better to educate our children.

Conservatives are not against education, but we are for changing things for the better, instead of doing the same things, expecting different results (isn't that the definition of 'insanity'?)

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