Help fight to improve our children's ...

Help fight to improve our children's education

There are 3 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Apr 1, 2008, titled Help fight to improve our children's education. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

Without a better than average education, what is the likelihood that our children will have a hopeful, promising future? What can we do today to ensure a brighter tomorrow for our children? There are matters ...

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“Uncommon Sense”

Since: Jan 08

Westford Mass

#1 Apr 3, 2008
Money is not the answer. You seem to be of a mind that if we just spent another $1000 per kid they'd all be engineers. Supporting the same old tired failed programs with more money is a waste. Plenty of money is spent already. Look at Detroit. With all the money spent less than 25% of the freshman graduate. If you truly cared about kids and not your career in education you'd support vouchers so that families trapped in failing schools( only in schools deemed to be failing) can escape. The competition, which is one cornerstone of America's greatness, should certainly inspire innovation leading to better productivity and educational results in the public schools in order to keep their place. If you cared you would support an evaluation system for teachers so that it is not nearly impossible to let them go for their lack of results after they achieve professional status. Voters are tired of the lack of accountability in education. Look at the Chelmsford override results. This may surprise you, but even the people who voted no care about education for the kids. The difference is you look at all the money spent and say give us more. They look at all the money spent and say why isn't that enough. We can't afford more. Why don't we look at ways to do things better? A few years ago a study was done in NYC by the teachers that proudly declared that public schools got the same results on standardized tests as private schools. What they didn't say--private schools got those results at 1/2 the costs. People who care about kids into the future realize that the model we now use cannot be sustained financially. It takes ever increasing $'s. You should be looking for ways to use technology and productivity to do an even better job at lower costs.
What come around

Framingham, MA

#2 May 8, 2008
Dana you are a very heartless and bad person. If you are not careful the Lord with not be happy with you! You do NOT want that!
Dunkin Diva

Billerica, MA

#3 May 8, 2008
Dana Andjus wrote:
Money is not the answer. You seem to be of a mind that if we just spent another $1000 per kid they'd all be engineers. Supporting the same old tired failed programs with more money is a waste. Plenty of money is spent already. Look at Detroit. With all the money spent less than 25% of the freshman graduate. If you truly cared about kids and not your career in education you'd support vouchers so that families trapped in failing schools( only in schools deemed to be failing) can escape. The competition, which is one cornerstone of America's greatness, should certainly inspire innovation leading to better productivity and educational results in the public schools in order to keep their place. If you cared you would support an evaluation system for teachers so that it is not nearly impossible to let them go for their lack of results after they achieve professional status. Voters are tired of the lack of accountability in education. Look at the Chelmsford override results. This may surprise you, but even the people who voted no care about education for the kids. The difference is you look at all the money spent and say give us more. They look at all the money spent and say why isn't that enough. We can't afford more. Why don't we look at ways to do things better? A few years ago a study was done in NYC by the teachers that proudly declared that public schools got the same results on standardized tests as private schools. What they didn't say--private schools got those results at 1/2 the costs. People who care about kids into the future realize that the model we now use cannot be sustained financially. It takes ever increasing $'s. You should be looking for ways to use technology and productivity to do an even better job at lower costs.
Well said! It is like a money pit. We need to fix the system.

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