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Public Education, a "Black Hole"

DGS49

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A “Black Hole” is an astronomical term for a star that has imploded on itself, thus creating a gravitational field so powerful that even light cannot escape it. Thus when you look in that area of the sky it appears completely dark.
Metaphorically, a “black hole” is anything that seems to consume money and resources without end. Some boaters joke that a pleasure boat is nothing more than a “black hole” in the water that you endlessly throw money into.
Public Education is a kind of “black hole.” The evidence of its being a Black Hole is that there has been a DRAMATIC increase in funding for public education over the past several decades, with no measurable improvement. More specifically, if you spend twice as much on something as you did previously, you would expect that there would be some measurable improvement SOMEWHERE, but the only thing that has “improved” in public education is there are a lot more people on the payroll and they are making a lot more money. Educational "outcomes"? Not so great.

Here in Pennsylvania, we have a new Democrat governor who has staked his entire political existence on the proposition that Pennsylvania needs to spend more money on public education. We are already among the top ten states in the country in terms of dollars-per-student, but apparently we are not spending "enough." We are spending three times as much, in constant year dollars, as we were in 1975, with no improvement whatsoever in test scores, regardless of how they are measured.

It is also worth noting that a large army of teachers and school administrators will be retiring within the next ten years, and their pensions are not even close to being funded, so the local school districts and the state will have to supplement the pension funds with current-year tax revenues. Therefore, even if "education" funding were to remain constant, the tax bite will still be increasing significantly in the coming years. So the governor wants to piggy-back significant education spending increases on top of the increasing burden of pensions and benefits that cannot be avoided.

And for what?

Where is his evidence that the additional funding will result in any measurable benefit? No one is even asking that question because in the public's mind and in the media, the mantra, "Public Schools are Under-funded" is perpetually axiomatic. It doesn't matter how much funding is made available, it is never "enough."

Black hole.

Fortunately, the Republican legislature isn't buying it. So we have a months-long standoff, with no end in sight.
 

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You realize you've got an unhealthy obsession going on, right?
 

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A “Black Hole” is an astronomical term for a star that has imploded on itself, thus creating a gravitational field so powerful that even light cannot escape it. Thus when you look in that area of the sky it appears completely dark.
Metaphorically, a “black hole” is anything that seems to consume money and resources without end. Some boaters joke that a pleasure boat is nothing more than a “black hole” in the water that you endlessly throw money into.
Public Education is a kind of “black hole.” The evidence of its being a Black Hole is that there has been a DRAMATIC increase in funding for public education over the past several decades, with no measurable improvement. More specifically, if you spend twice as much on something as you did previously, you would expect that there would be some measurable improvement SOMEWHERE, but the only thing that has “improved” in public education is there are a lot more people on the payroll and they are making a lot more money. Educational "outcomes"? Not so great.

Here in Pennsylvania, we have a new Democrat governor who has staked his entire political existence on the proposition that Pennsylvania needs to spend more money on public education. We are already among the top ten states in the country in terms of dollars-per-student, but apparently we are not spending "enough." We are spending three times as much, in constant year dollars, as we were in 1975, with no improvement whatsoever in test scores, regardless of how they are measured.

It is also worth noting that a large army of teachers and school administrators will be retiring within the next ten years, and their pensions are not even close to being funded, so the local school districts and the state will have to supplement the pension funds with current-year tax revenues. Therefore, even if "education" funding were to remain constant, the tax bite will still be increasing significantly in the coming years. So the governor wants to piggy-back significant education spending increases on top of the increasing burden of pensions and benefits that cannot be avoided.

And for what?

Where is his evidence that the additional funding will result in any measurable benefit? No one is even asking that question because in the public's mind and in the media, the mantra, "Public Schools are Under-funded" is perpetually axiomatic. It doesn't matter how much funding is made available, it is never "enough."

Black hole.

Fortunately, the Republican legislature isn't buying it. So we have a months-long standoff, with no end in sight.
Schools are picking up more and more of the tab because parents won't...buying novels for the kids to read (actually to destroy) rather than the kids buying them. Providing paper and pencils and other necessities that parents refuse to provide anymore. Kids trash schools and steal library books and parents refuse to reimburse schools....that all adds up.
 

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Schools are picking up more and more of the tab because parents won't...buying novels for the kids to read (actually to destroy) rather than the kids buying them.

Why do we need to buy novels for kids when Project Gutenberg is free?

All Books (sorted by release date)

The curious thing is that most of the high school teachers I have asked about it have never heard of it. And all of the people who bitch about the educational system never suggest any books.

Thinking as a Science (1916) by Henry Hazlitt
http://www.scribd.com/doc/104611461/Henry-Hazlitt-Thinking-as-a-Science
LibriVox

The Tyranny of Words (1938) by Stuart Chase
Anxiety Culture: Tyranny of Words - excerpt
The tyranny of words : Chase, Stuart, 1888-1985 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

Omnilingual (Feb 1957) by H. Beam Piper
Scientific Language: H. Beam Piper’s “Omnilingual”
Omnilingual
LibriVox

Worlds Within Worlds: The Story of Nuclear Energy, (1972)
Volumes (1,2 & 3 of 3) by Isaac Asimov
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/49819
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/49820
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/49821

Badge of Infamy (Jun 1957) by Lester del Rey
http://librivox.org/badge-of-infamy-by-lester-del-rey/
http://www.booksshouldbefree.com/book/badge-of-infamy-by-lester-del-rey

psik
 

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"there should not be a district of one Mile square without a school in it, not founded by a Charitable individual but maintained at the expence of the People themselv[es] they must be taught to reverence themselvs instead of adoreing their servants their Generals Admirals Bishops and Statesmen"
-- John Adams; from letter to John Jebb (Sept. 10, 1785)
 

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"there should not be a district of one Mile square without a school in it,
-- John Adams; from letter to John Jebb (Sept. 10, 1785)

No cars or buses in 1785, they can be bigger and farther apart.

psik
 

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We do need to reform public education, but looking at the rest of the first world tells me it is very important part of our success as a nation. Everything outside of making bombs and getting our troops slaughtered is a black hole to you conservatives.
 

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Empty partisan nonsense will do NOTHING to improve education.
 

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