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February 22, 2011

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Thanks for sharing!

I think that education is worse now than it was 50 years ago. This is more true when you include technology improvements that have been included. You add the $sss that is also spent for each student you can really see that the money is not buying very much. Very little of the core courses (history, geography, math) are being used in school. But they do use electives ei under water basket weaving are taught. Another cause is because most teachers if they are not covered by union contract have to teach to the test. If their students don't pass the test they can loose their jobs. Now if the teacher is covered by a union contract they can't be fired anyway so they don't have to teach!

I have read the article mentioned here, but it sounds like it is spot on.

My family is moving. We have preschool-age children, and we want to make sure that they are in a good school system when they are of age.

The number one factor in where we move to will not be the size of the house we can buy, the distance from work, or any of our preferences. The most important thing is the quality of the schools available.

The (perceived or real) disparity between schools is so great that we feel we can not risk having our kids in lesser schools. But what of families who do not have our means?

Bill Gates Senior said of his son "I think Bill would have been successful no matter where he was born. But I don't think he would have been as successful if he were born to a poor family in Africa." The same is true to a lesser extent to so many children who must attend poor schools.

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