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Give me just one generation of youth, and I'll transform the whole world.”-Vladimir Lenin

 

Crisis in American Public Education 

By Dr. Carole Hornsby Haynes  | February 19, 2010  Texas Insider                   

American schools are in serious trouble. Liberals, intellectual elitists, and teachers’ unions strongly resist any change from this dinosaur system to a free market driven system. In spite of billions of taxpayer dollars being spent each year on education, our public schools are graduating illiterates.

Donald Trump, Jr. Was Right About American Public Education

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. |  August 3, 2016  Education Views

Donald Trump, Jr., son of the Republican presidential candidate, had the audacity to be political incorrect at the recent Republican convention when he described American public education as being fundamentally flawed, “Our schools used to be an elevator to the middle class. Now they’re stalled on the ground floor. They’re like Soviet-era department stores that are run for the benefit of the clerks and not the customers, for the teachers and the administrators and not the students.”

Is There A Solution to the STAAR Problem?

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. |  January 26, 2017  Texas Insider

Recently Texas State Rep. Jason Isaac, vice chair of the Texas Conservative Coalition & State Representative from House Dist. 45, told Texas Insider Jim Cardle that teachers are spending 46 days of the school year preparing their students to take the STAAR test.

NAEP To Psychologically Profile Students On 2017 Test

By Carole H. Haynes | July 14, 2016  Education Views

John Stuart Mill, called the “most influential English-speaking philosopher of the nineteenth century," characterized government schools in his 1859 treatise On Liberty.

News Flash:  Arne Duncan Stepping Down, John King Is Interim Replacement

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.  |  October 2, 2015 

Arne Duncan is stepping down in December.  John King, former New York State Superintendent will replace him on an interim basis.  The initial public reaction of joy turned to dismay upon hearing the person chosen to wear the mantle of education chief.

Making K-12 Less Expensive:  Fire the Teachers!

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. | June 17, 2016  Education Views

National outrage over the status of public education continues to mount as taxpayers realize they are paying more and getting less.

New K-12 Law’s Heavy Handiness in Testing Sparks More Public Outrage

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.  |  June 1, 2016   Daily Caller

Congress replaced No Child Left Behind with Every Student Succeeds Act, promising to return control to the states.  However, with the federal government loath to give up power over telling states and districts what they must do, there are signals that we can expect a showdown as states begin the implementation of ESSA. 

Out Of Control Spending In American Government Schools 

Originally titled “Reverse the alarming growth rate” in Texas Insider, January 27, 2011

By Dr. Carole Hornsby Haynes   |   January 28, 2011 Revision

Over the past decade public education spending across the nation has increased dramatically.  The costs are rising faster than the taxpayer can fund them.  In Texas there has been a 63 percent increase. Why has there been such a large increase in spending while student performance has declined? 

For certain the money is not going toward instructional costs. The Texas Education Agency reports that total expenditures per pupil are $11,567 with only $4,972 going toward instructional costs. 

Where is the money going? 

To pay the salaries of large numbers of non-teaching personnel. 

From 1998-99 to 2008-09 the number of teachers in Texas rose from 256,276 to 325,809, a 27.1 percent increase, while during the same period the number of administrators rose from 18,531 to 25,130, a 35.6 percent increase. 

The teacher to non-teacher ratio is 1.019! 

Has all of this extra help from non-teaching personnel provided an uptick in academic improvement to justify the cost? 

To the contrary. 

We have seen a decline in results.  The average Texas SAT score has continued to drop: 992 in 1998-1999, 989 in 1999-2000, and 985 in 2009-2010. 

Why are there so many ancillary members with numerous curriculum directors?  Why are there so many administrators?  

It appears that our educators consider spending taxpayer money on well-paid non-teaching staff to be more vital than spending money to retain new well-trained teachers who often leave after five years for better jobs and work environments. 

The elimination of these layers of non-teaching bureaucracy must be a very high priority in getting our education finances in order. 

Far too much money and time are being spent on public education with little “return on our taxpayer investment” dollars.  As student scores slide southward and violence and disrespect continue to grow at alarming rates in our schools, we cannot expect voters to continue shaking the money tree.  

Voters across America have already sent the message that we want less government, less spending, and a return to the ways that made us a great nation. 

That message also applies to state and local governments and how our money is used for education. 

Public school administrators must take the leadership in returning to the simple, time proven ways of imparting knowledge and stop trying out every newfangled idea that consultants, elitists, and “reformers” want to test next to justify their existence and fat salaries. 

If educators are unwilling to listen to the taxpayers about less spending and improving student performance, they are going to face loss of their positions as Americans seek other options that will provide a better education for our children—at a far less cost. 

Copyright ©2011 Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D., All rights reserved 

 

 

 

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