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Signe Wilkinson

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  1. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, almost 4 years ago

    You are contradicting yourself.

  2. cyzicus

    cyzicus said, almost 4 years ago

    S – $40,000 per student, really $40,000, that rock you are living under must rest only on your head. $40,000. Unbelievable. Dinosaurs never existed, earth (history) started 4,000 years ago and Sara Palin can see Russia from her porch. Dodge that Teabag next time, you can’t afford another concussion.

  3. eepatt

    eepatt said, almost 4 years ago

    You are correct, motivemagus. Bottom line: We are the wealthiest nation in the history of the planet and we are cutting expenditures for retirement for old people, our health care (#1 in spending, #28 in quality) and the education of our chiidren.

  4. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Students are dumber than ever, class warfare is working.

  5. pirate227

    pirate227 said, almost 4 years ago

    They GOP is just preparing them for the results of their policies, a life of serfdom.

  6. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, almost 4 years ago

    One of our biggest problems in this coutry is poor education at all levels. Working in the engineering field, I see what were formerly third world countries pulling far ahead of us. India, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philipines, China, and now a few African countries are producing engineers ready to work right out of college with no need for additional training. They already have access to the latest software and technology, while even our so-called technology schools are up to ten years behind what employers want. Since the employers have also cut out all training programs for new and existing employees, guess who gets hired first? We need to stop cutting school funding and making up stories about overpaid teachers (I know several 25 year veteran teachers who work second jobs because they still only make 45k a year or less due to budget cuts) or we will end up as a country whose citizens are only qualified to be Walmart greeters.

  7. Jim Guess

    Jim Guess said, almost 4 years ago

    … and, Fourcrows … how much is spent per student in China, Philippines, India, etc? I can guarantee it is a whole lot LESS than we spend – even converting to their standard of living. The UNIONS are destroying American education with their higher demands. 45K a year? I am getting by on LESS than that! And we don’t have medical insurance! Why do we have to spend so much money! Why do we have to pay administrators over $1,000,000 a year? Don’t believe me? Check out the Wisconsin school administrators salaries! There are a VERY large number of them that make CONSIDERABLY more than the Governor of the state!

    http://dpi.wi.gov/lbstat/newasr.html

    Sigh …

  8. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, almost 4 years ago

    Jim,
    You inadvertently touched on a part of the problem, however not the way you intended. Administrators are not necessarily a part of the union. There are many districts around the country where administrator salaries have skyrocketed while teacher salaries have stagnated. You don’t need any educational background to be on the school board, you just need to be elected (or in some districts, appointed). 45k is hardly a comparable salary for a quarter century of work put into a career, these people do it out a a sense of duty as opposed to a money making job.
    Now I do agree with you that the unions need to be looked at, but not because they are to blame for everything. Tenure is what needs reformed. Currently a teacher in many states needs to be arrested for something to be fired. There are too many teachers and professors who can now longer perform their job properly, but are not subjected to any type of performance review. Tenure was originally set up so a teacher could not be fired for political differences between them and their administrators, but it has become a way to keep a job even when you’re no longer qualified to do it. What unions are for is to make sure that salaries remain comparable to the cost of living and give their members the power of collective bargaining when they don’t. They should not become too powerful, but they should also not be eliminated. Corruption is what we need to cut out, and that occurs at all levels – unions, admins, board members, local and state governments. I don’t know where the 40k per student number came from, but corruption would be the reason for it.

  9. wbr

    wbr said, almost 4 years ago

    with cutting in education USA now ranks number 2 in dollars per kid [k-12]

  10. ChukLitl

    ChukLitl GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    FoxNews said it’s 10.5K,
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/05/26/public-school-student-spending-increases-state-funding-decreases/
    If more of that money went to teachers, books & building maintenance in poorer areas & less to admin & school boards, it might do some good.

  11. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    When you went to school were there parents in the classrooms standing behind their children? I never saw that, but I have been to some PTA meetings.

  12. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Private prisons are more profitable than schools in our country. I wonder why?

  13. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Wouldn’t the “right-wingers” make their point more effectively on education if they could actually construct a sentence in English? Would they also not benefit in their arguments on “intelligence” by constructing an argument requiring an I.Q. above, well, 8?

  14. thirdrailmiche

    thirdrailmiche said, almost 4 years ago

    “Show me a government school that you can not get a parent to come to a teacher conference with a subpoena. and I will show you a future liberal who only knows what the government taught them.”

    I’ve taught in several private schools. My father taught in several public schools. The one thing consistent in both is parents whose children are having difficulty (behaviorally and/or learning) do not come to parent teacher conferences. You as usual are incorrect. Public education is not the problem. Private and public education face many of the same issues.

  15. richardblade

    richardblade said, almost 4 years ago

    Stephen Runnels commented correctly. In 1968, a prophetic book was published on the future of education in America and the future of Americans and America in their position as the “free world’s leader” in everything from education to military: it was about "the dumbing-down of America. The book was " The Closing Of The American Mind" published 1968.

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