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  1. SeattleSam

    You’re making a fallacious assumption — that public schools are run for the benefit of the parents and students.

  2. MacDaddyWatch

    The gym teacher probably has more opportunities and time to carry teacher-union signs and banners when they go on strike–so of course he gets paid more.

  3. re: the “benefit” -

    so true! and Parents and students do NOT want RIGOROUS academics because it “hurts” their grades.

    Instead, they want mile-wide, inch-deep courses that look good on a college application.

    blaming teachers here is comical. Teachers pretty much
    teach what they are told to teach and the reason their performance is not evaluated in a lot of cases is that the school system itself would have to fix their curriculums.

    How do you “evaluate” a teacher of a non-core academic subject like GYM or many of the “electives” offered at many schools?

    If you separated out the pure core-academic subjects and teachers in a given school – what percent of the total dollars would they represent?

    this is why virtually all European and Asian countries cost per student is much less and at the same time they outrank us in math, science and reading.

    they concentrate their money and their priorities on core academic competencies and if parents/kids want more – they go pay for it in the private sector.

  4. MacDaddyWatch

    VOUCHERS ARE AMERICA’S ONLY WAY OUT…

    Teachers don’t give a damn about the kids and education–they care only about their union and union control.

    Competition always works for consumers…monopolies are always hostile for consumers. The consumers of education in the USA are sick and tired of coming in 28th or 77th in global rankings. We have paid a huge price for the “dumbing-down” of America.

    Vouchers, tax credits and COMPETITION are our only way out–the teachers and their union are our enemies.

  5. Eugene Vincent

    Public schools are run for the benefit of students. If some of you negative people think you know everything why don’t you go and volunteer your time in the schools? You cannot put a pricetag on the teaching profession; it is probalby one of the only noblest professions left besides military, fire and polic protection and and other first responders.

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