Education as a Battleground

Posted by Ben_C 10 months, 1 week ago to Education
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If you want to see the problem with American education realize that the number of district administrators grew by a whopping 87.6 percent from 2000 to 2019, far outstripping the growth in the number of students (7.6 percent) and teachers (8.7 percent).
SOURCE URL: https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/education-as-a-battleground/

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  • Posted by $ AJAshinoff 10 months, 1 week ago
    My son, aside from being a concert grade classical guitarist, is also a teacher holing two associate and one bachelor degree. He left teaching after 3 years and is now a driving instructor.

    I've posted this before but it explains much.

    Adolf Hitler
    May Day 1933 When an opponent declares, "I will not come over to your side," I calmly say, "Your child belongs to us already... What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community."
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  • Posted by mhubb 10 months, 1 week ago
    we need to break the unions that do not represent the student nor the teachers, they only represent the union bosses.

    we should end summer vacation, kids are no longer needed on farms, reduce it each year to allow parents to plan until is is down to a reasonable amount of time
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    • Posted by 10 months, 1 week ago
      Absolutely. This is exactly the point Larry Arnn makes in the Imprimis article. I had no idea there are that many bureaucrats involved in the educational hierarchy. Its not the ground levels teachers - its the administrators with the cushy job.
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  • Posted by mccannon01 10 months, 1 week ago
    The unwritten rule of all bureaucracies is their first goal is the care, feeding, and expansion of the bureaucracy. The explosion of the "diversity industry" and all of its variants is natural fertilizer to the education bureaucracy, not to mention any government bureaucracy. A few years ago I attended the graduation ceremony of one of my grandsons and applause and accolades were given to various members of the (IMHO) "diversity bureaucracy" of the school. These administration positions were given more attention than math or reading or anything having to do with actually educating the students. I figured then at least a cool two million tax dollars per year is being spent on these do-nothings and all the staff and expenses needed to keep them pretending to be useful. And this is only one school! They are the indoctrination and political thought police all government bureaucracies are now supporting and expanding. I'm surprised 87.6 percent is all there is. I'm sure they are all good union members.
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    • Posted by CaptainKirk 10 months, 1 week ago
      I remember when the Superintendent of Miami-Dade Schools was hired for something like $500,000/yr... Because he had a high profile, and was well-respected.

      Meanwhile, most schools had to kill their summer-school programs because the Unions made it so the most Sr. Union Members get first dibs. And that means the school pays the HIGHEST $/hr for keeping the session going.

      Furthermore, this increase in salary is then used to calculate the base salary of the teacher, which is used to dole out the raises, and their retirement levels.

      Moral Hazard...
      Encouraging the EXACT wrong behavior...
      Paying Hospitals to HAVE problems
      Paying Hospitals to SEE C19
      Making new teachers have to work 10x harder than an existing teacher, so the turnover is super high, and they can claim how it's because of salaries...

      Meanwhile, the number of teachers near me driving BMWs is mind-blowing... Only the new teachers are under paid.

      And that's by design. Once you paid your dues... Then Moral Hazard kicks in, and you DEFEND the $$$ you now collect, and the rules that now protect you!
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  • Posted by $ pixelate 10 months, 1 week ago
    I used to live in Washington State / Benton County. 70% of my property taxes on my home and ag. land went to five line items -- three for local schools and two for State school grifters. The highest single line item was for School District 400 Enrichment. This was to pay for all the diversity BS and counselors. A large chunk of taxes has also been spent on new land and school admin buildings -- plus new Green Sustainable Schools -- which look like the cross between a palace and a billionaire-financed art museum. When I hear someone tell me that we have such wonderful schools, I agree completely -- have you actually seen them and been inside? Short of having indoor fountains, they are opulent palaces. And of course, all of the expense is for The Children. The administrators are a cancer on the tax-fleeced public. Something eventually will have to break. Maybe with the coming depression and massive 6-figure-job unemployment, lots of the citizenry will begin to take note of the excess and waste and refuse to comply with new bond measures and state initiatives.
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  • Posted by VetteGuy 10 months, 1 week ago
    I think education is a good place to start "taking back" the country. The board of ed elections are a good way to get the schools back to fundamental teaching and away from indoctrination. I think an organized effort to take these positions (similar to the Soros effort to take over DA offices) would yield long-term and positive results.
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  • Posted by $ blarman 10 months, 1 week ago
    So-called "public sector" unions are all evil and antithetical to good government. No government entity should be able to spend taxpayer monies lobbying for its own existence. And yes, I include in this firefighters, police officers, etc. Public sector unions work with elected officials like two wolves arguing about how many taxpayers they are going to defraud.
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