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Why School Has Nothing to Do With Students | The Daily Bell

Posted by M. C. on January 6, 2019

And the school districts, teachers, unions, and unfortunately often the parents don’t really care how bad the education is at the public schools they send their kids to. It’s all about money, convenience, and political power

As Mel Brooks would say, they have to protect their phony baloney jobs.

https://www.thedailybell.com/all-articles/news-analysis/why-school-has-nothing-to-do-with-students/

By Joe Jarvis

Teachers plan to go on strike in the Los Angeles school district on January 10th.

They have plenty of complaints. But what they don’t have is accomplishments.

Only 22% of fourth graders in the district scored proficient in math. Even a typical terrible inner-city school district has a 30% proficient rate.

Since 2003, 245,000 students have left the district in favor of better districts, or charter schools.

As I’ve discussed previously, school funding is based on enrollment. So removing yourself or taking your kids out of a school system actually does help defund them–even if you, unfortunately, don’t get to keep the money for alternatives.

One school actually sent their resource officer out to drag a student back to school away from a job she was working. That’s one way to stay funded… simply kidnap hardworking students, trap them with a bunch of miscreants, and force them to listen to your horrible school lessons.

So the union is pissed that it can’t force non-members to fund them. The teachers are pissed that they can’t force the district to increase their pay. And the district is pissed that it can’t force the parents–increasingly diverting the budget to charter schools–to fund them.

But here’s the thing. The district tasked with teaching the next generation of youth doesn’t know how to balance its budget. And it’s been so bad with its tax dollars, that the county has to step in and take over.

So the district is hemorrhaging money, losing students, and failing to educate the ones who remain… and the teachers are striking for a pay increase.

So far this all seems to be about teachers, unions, administrations, taxpayers, politicians, and retirees… but what about the students?

A reader commented about this the other day in an email he sent me. He said no one paying attention actually thinks schooling is for the kids. It is really “free” daycare for parents.

UTLA plans to launch its strike four days after students return from the holiday break. By inconveniencing parents—most of whom are low-income and rely on schools to take care of their children during working hours—the union aims to bring public pressure on the district.

It’s true. Schooling has absolutely nothing to do with the students. They are the last concern, an afterthought if anything. And the school districts, teachers, unions, and unfortunately often the parents don’t really care how bad the education is at the public schools they send their kids to. It’s all about money, convenience, and political power…

Be seeing you

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