Posted by Conspiracy Theorist on 11/14/2019, 3:06 pm, in reply to "Re: Resigning"
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Texas, according to US News, is ranked 34th in education. We are ahead of:
Tennessee, Oregon, Michigan, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arizona, Rhode Island, Arkansas, South Carolina, West Virginia, Nevada, Mississippi, Alaska, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Alabama.
As in, the Old South, the Southwest, the poorest states (Michigan, West Virginia, and Kentucky), Oregon, Alaska, and Rhode Island.
Are you telling me that teachers unions are prominent in the Southern US, because I'll call you a liar there. All of the "teachers union" horror stories for the most part come from up north, and somehow, their education seems to be better than ours.
2. Europe has an entirely different educational model, based upon college prep vs career prep. If we adopted this model and only tested our top 20% the way they do, our scores would improve rather dramatically. We educate everyone (theoretically) equally in the USA, and so our exams include every kid. The rest of the world does not do this.
3. The USA spends ~$700 billion annually on defense. The annual budget for the Department of Education is a tenth of that. Give a source for your numbers or they're just out of thin air. (Wikipedia, US budgets 2018)
Start there. I have to go teach band now.
Your idea that it's a right-wing conspiracy theory would hold water if the educational systems in states that do allow teachers unions and strikes performed at a higher level than Texas schools.
But they do not.
Furthermore the voucher based systems in the *socialist* European countries kick the tail out of EVERY American school bar none.
The biggest irony of all your statements is "Seriously. Stop letting social wedge issues divide us" right after you use a social wedge issue to try to divide us.
The government is already involved in education enough. Hell, we spend $1.2 TRILLION a year on education in the United States, double the military budget. What more do you want?