My letters

Submitted letters to the editor and other parties. Only a few of these were published.

Monday, April 12, 2004

February 25, 2004

Educrats — Be Careful!

Dear Editor:

Many thanks for reporting on the recent education forum ("Angry Parents Heat Up School Meeting," Canarsie Courier, Feb. 5) at which members of the audience asked questions and voiced concerns to a panel consisting of elected officials and one regional superintendent, Gloria Buckery.

One parent complained that a particular teacher was not teaching the appropriate material; another complained that an incompetent teacher was still teaching.

The uniform response from the panel was that the education system needed more money, even though the concerns expressed were patently not matters of money. A teacher teaching the wrong material is a matter of management; inability to fire an incompetent teacher is a matter of union work rules.

But the educrats should be careful what they wish for. The Department of Education readily [sic, should be "already"] spends almost $12,000 per year per pupil. If that figure should rise to $15,000 per year, or $20,000, the taxpayer at some point will notice that public education costs more than the most expensive private school, as will members of city and state legislatures who are responsible for balancing budgets.

It would become cheaper just to pay to send every child to a private school, and with better results, and be the end of public education as we know it.

Those who say, "I support public education. I want to fix the public schools, not destroy them" at any cost, may be hastening the demise of the institution they claim to want to support.

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