Some good points here. I agree that it is not lack of money for the teachers
that is the problem, although I am all for improving teachers' lives - by
better establishing disciipline in the classroom.Definitely we
should be firing poor teachers and encouraging good ones. Idaho is on a good
course in working hard politically to oppose the mindless promotion of tenure
rather than talent and hard work ie teaching profession.
Education is a major factor in financial success. Therefore education is a part
of the competitive game to achieve financial success. Since the
competition is so fierce, some people would cheat in the factors that bring
success. America promised to provide equal opportunity, to some extent, for the
education factor with such actions at ending segregation of race in schools.
However the desire of some for the restriction of competition to
favor their own group still persists. Hence we have private schools, charter
schools and all sorts of special schools to bring the competition back to the
money factor. It is not for us to resist the efforts of these
people gain more/better education, but the deliberate degrading, demeaning,
financial starvation and low pay for public education is a denial of the
American goal for people.