Striking Terror in The Hearts of Amerika's Education Establishment
Compulsory Government Schools do not deliver the mandated product;
University of California has discovered that a shocking percentage
of incoming freshmen cannot pass basic math and English skills test.
schools no longer attempt to instill a basic education in their
students. They're too busy ramming the latest politically correct
theories down the students' throats.
To the Educational
Establishment, the students are a necessary evil. Since the government
pays them based on the student headcount, there is no incentive
for them to reduce the number of students under their power. This
headcount based financing stunt, compels Amerika's educational establishment
to keep student headcount high, by any means necessary. Several
widely supported government school 'improvements' impact a school's
No matter how well educated they are, home schooled kids lower
the head count.
Get a grip, vouchers are the Educrat's ultimate nightmare, because
they lower the headcount, plus deduct money from a government's
Can't, it might lower the headcount.
Failing Students to Repeat a Grade:
If schools hold them back, these alleged students might leave
school and lower the headcount.
why Educrats oppose these - and many other - common sense Educrap
policy changes. This bottom line obsession is the critical data
when it comes to understanding our Educrats. Paraphrasing Bubba's
1992 campaign theme, we realize that: "It's the money, stupid."
government has no quality control system attached to their headcount
payments. Despite their fatally-flawed attempt to impose accountability via the No Child Left Behind edict, the government pays, no matter how miserably the Educational
Establishment fails to teach a student or students. The implications
of this educational quality control void are obvious. Educators
have a free hand to implement every brainless notion that strikes
their fancy. Social promotions? You bet, because Educrats don't
give a flaming rip if Johnny, or Suzy can't read, write or compute.
Now that their usefulness is ended - Ka Ching...$ - get them the
hell out to make room for the next victims. Bilingual education?
Si! All they care about is keeping Juan and Lupe in class - the
headcount must be maintained. Their ability to function in English-speaking
Amerika is so not the Educrats' problem.
Establishment's (dirty) laundry list is virtually endless, but the
effect is all too evident: from coast to coast, graduates from government
high schools fail basic skills tests in math and English. What,
you must be wondering, can be done to bring the Educational Establishment
under control? Arguably the most powerful political force in state-level
politics - this is a fact of Mexifornia political life - Educrats
'own' the state legislature, so don't look for meaningful changes
from Legicrats. Since Educrats control all sides of this debate...since
they dictate a state's curriculum, state school financing and determine
school testing criteria, the situation looks hopeless. Perhaps,
but let's take a closer look anyway.
Now that we
understand their bottom line obsession, we might have a weapon to
use against them. Using the sovereign individual's ultimate political
weapon - the voter initiative - we might give these Educrats a wake-up
call by smacking them between the eyes with a financial two by four.
We can't change the way they do things, but we can give them the
proper incentive to make the changes themselves. How? Let the NEA
red brigade graduate whomever they want, no matter how illiterate
the graduating class. Our voter initiative would mandate that some
independent group - The Reason Foundation, the Cato Institute or the
Ayn Rand Institute - would devise an objective test that must
be administered to every government school graduate. The government
would be ordered to demand a refund from each school district, for
every student that fails. Before you call me names remember one
indisputable fact: the government is especially open to such suggestions...in
an election year.
financing's brave new world would be devastatingly simple to administer.
The independent group administering the test would determine each
failing student's actual education performance level: I.E. if the
student performed at a 9th grade level, the school district would
owe the government 3 years worth of per student, headcount payments.
Independent accountants would calculate each school district's mandated
refund, then deduct that amount from the school's next headcount
funding cycle. It's quite possible - even likely - that many schools
would owe so much that they'd receive no funds whatsoever, in a
given financial cycle. Trust me, that would give them a wake-up
call they won't soon forget.
enforced refund/quality control program would be a win-win situation.
If the Educational Establishment insists on graduating morons, we,
the taxpayers will see a dramatic decrease in our spending for schools.
If the Educational Establishment shapes up and starts to do their
job, teaching basic skills, we would have a good start on a much
better educated populace. Admittedly, that leaves the college mess
to clean up, but that's another story.