Saturday, January 7, 2012

Public Schools - Keep Failing One Generation After Another

Check out this essay by Girl On The Right. It sounds so darn familiar...
Our class was overcrowded. Our teacher was awesome though; very animated when going through our class reader. She made it fun to learn.
I knew, at the tender age of six, that some of us were being held back from our potential while the ESL-ers struggled to come to grips with the language. Ok, I was doing fine on my own, but there were kids in my class - english-speaking kids - who struggled with dyslexia, dysgraphia, shyness, etc, and the fact that Mrs C had to slow us all down and spend precious time on the ESL-ers meant that those other kids got shortchanged.

And it meant that the advanced kids got completely screwed. Eventually three of us were moved out of reading hour entirely and sent to Mrs B’s art class to while the time away, lest we become disruptive.
Overcrowded class, moving at the pace of the, let's say, least intelligent kids, with the best and brightest being held back (if not worse, if not being branded "annoying" and "disruptive" for daring to ask questions...) Practically, an internment center, where kids are being kept under supervision during prescribed hours...

Now, a generation later, public schools haven't become any better, in spite of a disproportional increase in funding. They still keep failing students - even though they actually cost more than private schools:
"The parents surveyed reported lower incidences of bullying, fighting, drug use, and racism in inexpensive private schools compared to public schools. They also found their children did better academically and had improved social skills," said Claudia Hepburn, the study’s co-author and Fraser Institute director of education studies.
The study found that the average cost of tuition at inexpensive private schools was $4,398 per year, while the cost of providing public schooling per year was more than $8,000 per child in Ontario.
Not to mention that unlike government-run schools, private schools respect parent's values and parental authority.

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