quote:Originally posted by MBM:quote:Originally posted by Constructive Feedback:
For all of the people hating on NCLB we sure don't get much out of them beside the constant refrain "We need more money".
It's curious that this is all that you seem to hear. People have been screaming for years that teachers are underpaid (e.g. a substitute teacher in Gwinnett County Georgia gets $64/day if they have up to 2 years of college and $80/day if they have over 2 years. Are you really going to be able to attract top quality teachers if that is the scale that they get paid from??? ), that poorer schools need new books and teaching materials etc., that schools need to be rebuilt, etc. It seems rather clear that those who focus solely on cost are not really interested in solutions.
BTW - where is the discussion of costs vis-a-vis our policy in Iraq?
You know that's what I'm thinking. How in the world can we support Iraq and multinational corporations with 82 billion dollars and then some, which is what we are doing, but we can't spare ONE billion dollars to help improve our schools or give free education or scholarships to students who are willing to become teachers in urban and rural areas of our country? This is how you help solve some of these problems. How can you say that giving the Iraqis new schools is so humanitarian when I know for a fact that in NYC there was such a school shortage that classes were being held in closets and a school had to be opened up in an old roller skating rink.
Another money program is health care for all Iraqis. The bottom line is how are you going to do something for somebody else when you can't do it at home? That just makes NO sense.