Send News. Want a reply? Read this. More in the FAQ.   News Forum - All Forums - Mobile - PDA - RSS Headlines  RSS Headlines   Twitter  Twitter
Customize
User Settings
Styles:
LAN Parties
Upcoming one-time events:

Regularly scheduled events

Out of the Blue

I experienced something odd last night for the first time ever. I woke up from a dream, only to later wake up again, as I was dreaming I was having a dream. There's nothing to make this impossible, but I previously had assumed this was something that only happens in the movies. I should do a quick check to see if I can fly... maybe it'll turn out that I'm Neo.

Neo Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Last Legacy: Null Space.
Super Mario Racing 3.
Upgradaroids.
Link: Gift Guide: Life-Sized Vigo the Carpathian Poster.
Stories: George RR Martin's editor hints at eighth Game of Thrones book.
Video: Car fleeing from police goes through park, nearly hits children.
Maureen Dowd Tries Edible Marijuana And Has A Really, Really Bad Trip.
Science: Autistic boys exposed to higher levels of hormones in womb, study finds.
Introvert or extrovert? Most of us are ambiverts.
Images: The Communist Party of Serbia uses TF2 for their propaganda posters. Not kidding at all.
Media: Reactions to The Viper vs. The Mountain at The Burlington Bar.
Double amputee cat does flying handstand down stairs.
Follow-up: 'Mountain' from 'Game of Thrones' just as strong in real life as he is on the show. Thanks Batman.

Post Comment
Enter the details of the comment you'd like to post in the boxes below and click the button at the bottom of the form.

20. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 4, 2014, 13:57 jdreyer
 
Pigeon wrote on Jun 4, 2014, 11:43:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jun 4, 2014, 11:18:
Not a fan of Slate, but found this article about education and cost per child interesting....

Shit man, give me 26k a year per child, I will educate 4 children in my home, and I bet they score better than the average.....M-F, 8am-3pm, hell, I'll even car pool them from their home to my house to teach them. They will be educated, intelligent, in shape, knowledgeable about the world, etc etc etc.

I will even do it for the US average of 11k per student. Give me.....8 kids, all the same age. Be a fun experiment.

Pretty damn good argument for a voucher program....

/discuss....

It would be nice to know exactly how that number is calculated. Is it just based on the cost of running a school, or is it the overall cost from federal level bureaucrats all the way to the hair nets for lunch ladies? Some of the federal and state level bureaucracy cost could also encompass private schools as they do need have some level of government regulation.

Still 26k a year is a lot, I'm sure there's a lot of wasteful spending and unnecessary cogs in the machine that inflate that cost. It seems to be a systemic problem not just with schools but pretty much everything, government run or not.

1. It's Newark, NJ, so there's going to be graft and corruption. The article says they have 1 administrator for every six students, so you know something fishy is going on. But it's a classic clickbait title, trying to infer the worst example is somehow the national average by not providing context.

2. In Bats' state of MN, the cost per child is around $10,600, which is around the national average. And while you could think, "Yeah, 10 students = 110K, I could work for that," there are a lot of costs involved in schooling: buildings, land, electricity, maintenance, training, laws and regulations that must be adhered to, etc. and all that costs money.

3. There's a movement afoot to privatize schooling using for-profit companies. In both AZ and FL, two states that have some of the highest rates of voucher schools, both have federal investigations on going into major voucher system abuse by these private companies. These companies spend millions lobbying politicians to get public funds, then they skim off the top and skimp on the students. There's actually less accountability and oversight than for public schools, since these companies fall outside the purview of the DoE and are only accountable to shareholders. Unlike private schools (all of which around here charge $15-20K per year), people in these areas often only have the choice of the for-profit school. Alternatives can often be too far away to attend.

Voucher schools could work (I'm not opposed out of hand, and there seemed to be good results in Milwaukee), but would have to be highly regulated, and right now it's not in most places. Similar to healthcare, where you don't really have a choice of whether or not you get it, and don't have many options, school is something every child must attend by law, so making sure those options are high quality is important. There are a lot of problems with public schools, but I'd hate to see that system replaced by a worse one.
 
Avatar 22024
 
"It's just a bunch of mystic bovine scatology to me." - 1badmf
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
Subject
Comment
     
 
      ;)   ;)   :(   :(   :o   :o   %)   %)   :)   :)   :|   :|   ;P   ;P   X|   X|   :D   :D   More
 
Login Email   Password Remember Me
If you have a signature set up, it will be automatically appended to your comment.
If you don't already have a Blue's News user account, you can sign up here.
Forgotten your password? Click here.
 
          Email me when this topic is updated.
 

Special Codes

  • b[bold text]b
  • i[italic text]i
  • u[underline text]u
  • -[strikethrough text]-
  • c[code text]c
  • +[bullet point]+
  • q[quote text (indented)]q
  • [quote="Author"]quote text (indented)[/quote]
  • [url=Link]text[/url]
  • r{red text}r
  • g{green text}g
  • b{blue text}b
  • m{maroon text}m
  • s{secret text (shows in the background colour)}s

Forum Rules

  1. Disagree all you want but attacks of a personal nature will not be tolerated.
  2. Ethnic slurs and homophobic language will not be tolerated.
  3. Do not post spam, links to warez sites, or instructions on how to obtain pirated software.
  4. Abusing the forums in any manner that could be construed as 'griefing' will not be tolerated.


footer

Blue's News logo