August 26, 2011
Proud to Be an American?

From a New York Times op-ed by Michael A. Rebell and Jessica R. Wolff of Columbia University’s Teachers College:

Many schools that have already reduced hours, increased class sizes and eliminated electives are also now charging fees for workbooks, use of lab equipment and other basic instructional materials; extracurricular activities long considered essential are now available only to students who can afford them.

In Medina, Ohio, The Wall Street Journal reported, it now costs $660 for a child to play on a high school sports team, $200 to join the concert choir and $50 to act in the school play. High school students in Overland Park, Kan., pay a $120 “activity programming fee” and a $100 “learning resources fee.” In Naperville, Ill., they are charged textbook and workbook fees, even for basic requirements like English and French, according to The Chicago Tribune.

What America needs is a little nation-building to rescue us from the Third World into which we seem to be determined to sink. If we would only listen to them, teams of education experts from Finland and Singapore could do us a world of good.

And pigs would fly, except they don’t have wings.

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at August 26, 2011 06:16 PM
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Well, as soon as the plutocrats have installed democracy in the Middle East and North Africa, I'm sure they will come back to the US and show us what they have learned.

Posted by: evil is evil on August 27, 2011 12:14 PM
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