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Education Solutions

October 13, 2011 Leave a comment

 My parents told me, “Finish your dinner.  People in China and India are starving.”  I tell my daughters, “Finish your homework.  People in India and China are starving for your job.”  ~Thomas L. Friedman

Say a state pays 10k a year to educate a child.  I propose that qualified home school moms and dads be allowed to take in as many kids in the neighborhood that choose to sign up.  Pay the parent or parents teaching 6k per child, pay 2k to the school they were going to attend and the state saves 2k.  There are many companies that would donate or sell at cost computers and internet connections for those of modest means.  Testing can be done through proctors, like we had when we took our SATs.  With computers you can even hire someone to monitor the classes, which the state should do.  I strongly believe that children should be computer literate in this day and age, especially inner city kids.  There have been questions of fraud being brought up, but I believe there are solutions for that, too.  

The result would be 1)  The state would save money  2)  The school would have more money per child to spend  3)  Some unemployed parents can be at home, provide a service to the community and make a living  4)  The child would get a better education (statistically speaking), more individual attention, social skills and a chance to graduate early.  5)  Hopefully, less teachers and their unsustainable benefits packages  6)  Choice for people who cannot afford to have one. 

Also, if a child does graduate early, say one year early, then they should get 5k from the state to go to further their education, whether it be college or a trade school.  Home schooled children should also be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities like band or sports.  Transportation would be the parent’s responsibility. 

Close the Department of Education and let the states control the schools.  Charter schools have shown to be a much better alternative than public.  Our President closed all of the charter schools in D.C. because the Unions fund, support and pull his strings.  They are less expensive and infinitely superior.  I suggest everyone watch the documentary”Waiting For Superman”.  It was directed by the same man that made “An Inconvenient Truth”;  the main difference in this movie is it is actually truthful.

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