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Public Schools Are a Waste of Money.

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This is not a money tree

On January 13, 2011, an article was published in a local Orland Park, Illinois newspaper, with the following title:

District 135 considering civil suit against district jumping parent.

Read it if you want, but you can probably guess what the article’s about from the title.  Yep, a father wanted his kid to go to school in a district other than the one he lived in.  The father lived in Blue Island, Illinois, and wanted his daughter to go to school in Orland Park.  Both communities are suburbs of Chicago.  The father falsified an affidavit as to his residence, which was eventually discovered, and he was sentenced to six months probation for lying.  That the guy was stuck sending his kid to a school in Blue Island, whether he wanted to or not, isn’t the point of this post…although it certainly could be. 

The newspaper article mentioned that the district was considering suing the man for tuition.  I heard on the radio today that it did so.  Of course, the public school in District 135 doesn’t charge “tuition,” per se.  Like every other school district, it extracts the money at gunpoint in the form of local property taxes.  Because of this, it’s sometimes difficult to figure out exactly how much each kid costs.  Well, the article has it: $10,000.00.  For one kid.  In junior high.  It’s difficult for me to express just how astonishingly high this “tuition” is; but let’s try.

A nearby private Christian school, Liberty Christian Academy, located in more affluent Arlington Heights, Illinois, charges $4,450.00 for a junior high student.  And additional kids from the same family get a discount.  More expensive private schools can approach $6-7,000/student for junior high.  According to Liberty’s website, 90% of the graduating high school seniors go onto college.

There must be a reason for the difference in costs, right?  What is the junior high student in District 135 getting for $10,000.00?  Well, according to the 2009 National National Assessment of Educational Progress, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, not much (I can’t link the actual report…it’s a pdf).  A little over two-thirds of the eighth grade students are considered either below or at the “basic” level of math and reading.  Am I saying that District 135 provides a crappy education, or graduates minimally proficient junior high students?  Not necessarily.  There are lots of different tests used to evaluate the public schools, and it looks like District 135 is doing fine on some of them.  Does scoring well on any of the tests matter?  Who knows.

What I do know is this: the public education system in this country is a complete boondoggle that is totally unnecessary.  It costs an absurd amount of money, and at the very least, doesn’t do any better than private schools in educating the youth.  This is why the Department of Education should be defunded and a voucher system put into place on the local level so that parents can send their kids where they want.  Honestly, can anyone explain to me the point of the public education system?  $10,000 a student?  In-state tuition at a lot of state universities doesn’t cost that much.  And since the families aren’t paying $10,000 in property taxes, the rest comes from the government. 

Some guy called into the liberal talk-radio show that I was listening to today, complaining about how the right was trying to kill public education and force everyone into a private school.  He, obviously, was against this alleged plan.  Why?  Well, according to him, it’s because private school students were having to read Ayn Rand and Friedrich Nietzsche instead of Steinbeck.  Well, as a life-time private school matriculator (k-law school), I can say that I’ve had to read Steinbeck, didn’t read Nietzsche until my political philosophy class in college, and read Rand only during free time.  Of course, the caller also claimed that private schools only teach Creationism, as opposed to evolution.  This is also not true…we just don’t buy into the “we all came from monkeys” theory.  Of course, in a private school, if a parent has issues with the curriculum, they can actually get a hold of somebody on the school board.  Good luck with that at a public school.

The public education system is an entitlement program that offers virtually no value, especially for the cost.  Americans demand choice in everything else…why not with their education?  I ask myself almost every day why the people of the United States have so little interest in disbanding this stupid system that literally forces families to send their kids to schools that are terrible.  And then sues them if they try and send them somewhere else.  I just don’t get it. 

Thoughts?  Anyone?

  1. Lesly
    March 2, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    You are a right wing tea party craft beer loving anarchist, you probably believe that there is a United States constitution.

  2. March 2, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    you’re right. i do luv beer. lots of beer.


  3. March 31, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    I agree with the writer of the article, for the following reasons. I live in Oregon, in Eugene, Lane County, Western Oregon. We have such a bad school system here, all the money goes to the teachers for the wages, benefits, pensions, and healthcare insurance.

    So now, the schools are bankrupt and they’ve had to fire a lot of teachers, and close a lot of schools, not just because of the economy, because of the disgusting bad way that the money is handled. None of it goes really, to the schools and the education of the students.and, in the city and the mayor are trying to foist an income tax on us, to help pay for the schools!

    Also, the population of students for public schools, has gone way down. We don’t need the public school system anymore financially badly managed, that everybody here is getting driven to private schools, homeschooling, and charter schools.everybody is so disgusted with the public schools, that they’re taking their kids out of them. Their education level here in public schools is so bad, you get a bad education anyhow.you would not believe how bad it is;

    not only that, the public school system here is “politically driven” so that if you send your child here, he gets politically liberal information, constantly, all the time, whether you want him to get it or not. In other words, it’s prejudiced. Talk about discrimination, we get it here from our public schools on our kids.if they have photo exhibits here in the elementary school, they deliberately have transsexual photographs up, that are elementary students don’t understand at all. All the parents got very upset about it, and demanded that it be taken down. Well, the school superintendent made a big fuss, saying that the parents had no right to decide this; that if you went to the public school, you were REQUIRED TO ACCEPT transsexual and homosexual standards of living and behaving, and you had to put up with it, on elementary school students.

    In other words, we cannot have our kids in public school systems anymore. If you don’t want your own children to get mixed up at school, with homosexual and transsexual standards and behaviors of living, you have to take your kid out of school. Schools have no right to teach moral and ethical standards like that. They are supposed to teach reading and writing arithmetic, civics.

    But here they are, discriminating against our belief system, and telling our kids what they want them to believe and accept, and their parents have to butt out! Just who is raising the kids here anyway, the school system or the parent? Who has the right to teach their children ethics and morals the way their family wants to? Or, do our schools have the right to co-opt our children, and teach them their political beliefs and there are ethical and moral beliefs instead of ours? That’s how bad it has gotten here.this is far worse than having a contentious argument about evolution.

    I was very lucky, to get a very good public school education, but all of that has vanished in the time that I’ve become an adult. No longer, could I go back, and get an education like that. It’s gone. The teachers are lousy now, the schools are terrible, all the situation is changed so much for the worse, I’m so glad I didn’t go to school now. But none of the kids nowadays will ever get the fantastically good public education that I got so many years ago. That is over with.—– sign me, “Lane County, Eugene, Oregon, resident sick to death of this place as far as education goes for kids “

  4. George
    February 27, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    In my honesty, public education is very very corrupt and so evil. I grew up in a very bad public education environment and they definitely destroyed my life mentally and psychologically. It is a very very sad and very long story. I, honestly, want to see the abolishment of public educatin, forever.

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