Rethinking America’s educational system

Busing America’s school children as a means to end segregation is a prime example of the government keeping a program on life support long after it served its purpose.

Society no longer determines where people can’t live so why are federal, state and local entities reshuffling the ethnic and racial deck in search of that magic mixture. Just last December a federal judge lifted Tucson Unified School District’s desegregation order, saying TUSD  had met its goals and had a satisfactory plan to move forward without court oversight. Move forward, are we not fully desegregated yet? Why would we, as a nation, spend another dime on a mission that’s complete?  TUSD  has been collecting nearly $1 billion in taxes earmarked for desegregation of our public schools over the past 36 years. ARE YOUR KIDDING ME?

For the environmentally correct, wouldn’t it be a kindness to Gaia if we stopped burning diesel fuel transporting school children from point A to point B.

Just imagine the carbon footprint reduction if we stopped busing the students all over town.

Why not just stop sending all students to the obsolete brick and mortar school-house.

This is the 21st century so why not make the transition to a virtual school.

Imagine the savings of taxpayer dollars, carbon footprint reduction and decreased danger to your children. No more exposure to moldy school rooms. No more crazed kids with guns shooting up their classmates when they get teased too much. No longer would we be offering up a soft target for terrorists. No more teachers unions for our politicians to court or capitulate to. And no more teacher student sex scandals.

The bus has done its job and now that its job is done, it’s time to retire that big yellow bus and move education into the 21st century. 

The children will thank you for the removal of those relics on wheels and so will those property owners who pay for the buses, schools, teachers and administration costs.

Can you imagine a new world of education where you won’t have to worry about your child coming home:

  • Knocked up
  • Beaten up
  • Doped up
  • Sexually assaulted by a teacher or administrator
  • Gang violence
  • Getting indoctrinated into the progressive group think
  • Getting to school on time
  • Getting home at a reasonable hour

I’m sure there are many more things a parent of today could add to this list.

If we choose to go virtual with our schools this nations students could benefit from advancing at their own pace and having the best teachers instructing them via the internet. No longer would students have to suffer through the experience of being taught as a “C” student.

The teaching and learning pace would quicken to the student’s ability to learn. He or she would no long be reigned in by the unwillingness of their fellow students to learn.

The arcane nanny state babysitting school system would finally be over. A new dawn of education will be born and through it a new age of enlightenment.

It’s time to rethink how we are teaching the students of today and how we will be teaching them tomorrow. Clearly this system is broken. Throwing money at the multifaceted problems of our nation’s education system has not and will not provide a solution.

The time has come to reinvent education in America.


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Practicing Independent Conservative and recovering Liberal celebrating 20 years of political sobriety.

7 thoughts on “Rethinking America’s educational system

  1. A couple of big problems that virtual education would seem to share with home schooling: Making sure kids are socialized enough to get along with others when they graduate, and the fact that one parent will have to be home all the time.

    It also might be more difficult to tell when a student isn’t understanding something, a problem already common in crowded classrooms. Thanks.

    • Schools don’t make sure that students are socialized. Students are thrown into a group of thirty or so fellow students to sink or swim socially. By leaving the socializing to the student they are doing nothing more than providing proximity for the children to gather. They can do that on their own in a parking lot. By virtue of going to a brick and mortar school does not mean every student in attendance has integrated themselves into that social fabric of that microcosm of society.

      The private sector has already launched virtual schools. Motivated by profit and developing the best product dominance I believe that they will come up with the solutions to our educational system which continues to elude the state run schools.

      Just as it has been with every government run entity, schools are inefficient and a bottomless money pit. It has not and will not matter how much money the government throws at the problems of education. Like we have seen for the past two years money can’t fix problems in a broken system.

      I hope that one day we will have a school system in place where all students, at all levels, will be taught how to think for themselves and not told what to think by their teachers.

      I think you are forcing me to defend my position. I will query a couple of online K-12 schools to prove my theory to myself.

  2. “Schools don’t make sure that students are socialized.”

    Based on my own experience both as a kid and as a college professor, and on my sister’s experience as a social worker, I’d argue that some do, some don’t. But my point (poorly made, perhaps), is that parents of online students or home schoolers may have to work harder to find ways to do that.

    For many kids, I’d argue, that comes largely from organized sports, music, theatre, etc., which is most likely to be provided by schools. In fact, I’ve known a number of home schoolers who send their kids to public schools for those programs. Despite the popularity of rotisserie leagues, I don’t see those provided the same benefits. 🙂

    “They can do that on their own in a parking lot.”

    True. But I suspect most of us would rather they did it in a somewhat more controlled setting.

    “By virtue of going to a brick and mortar school does not mean every student in attendance has integrated themselves into that social fabric of that microcosm of society.”

    True enough. But I don’t know of anything else would guarantee that, either.

    “I hope that one day we will have a school system in place where all students, at all levels, will be taught how to think for themselves and not told what to think by their teachers.”

    You and me both. But as long as we have a system in which low-paid teachers are handling classrooms of 30 or more students (many of whom would have dropped out to go to work on farms or in factories in an earlier era) while schools also are expected to provide meals, teach kids to drive, provide structure and hands-off discipline,etc., I don’t see that happening. And by the way, I don’t see it happening in small private schools with any more regularity than in public schools. (I happend to teach in a small Christian university where many of our students are home schooled or come from small private schools.)

    “I will query a couple of online K-12 schools to prove my theory to myself.”

    I am genuinely interested in what you find out. Thanks.

    • I did find a very promising site yesterday which offers free public schooling (paid for by the government) and private schooling. Thank you for the challenge.

      • And thank you for doing the research. Like it or not, more and more education at all levels seems to be going online, so I’m interested in how it seems to be working.

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