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An article in the New York Times, signed by everybody on the editorial board, argued that every problem in the schools is due to a shortage of money, and racial problems.
Basically, the New York Times claims this. Gov. Cuomo claims this. And the Regents claim this. Each ends up in the same spot, although coming from different directions and with different emphasis. Money and race. Race and money. That's what they want to talk about. And the goal in every case is money, more money, and more and more money.
And what if all of that is nonsense? By nonsense, I mean none of it is profound, substantive, or likely to make any difference at all.
If you continue to teach reading with sight-words, and you teach arithmetic with Reform Math, and you teach all subjects with Constructivism, you will have lousy schools and badly educated kids. That's the truth.
This piece, which was provoked by the New York Times article, is called "The Big Crisis in Education is Dishonesty."
The problem, and I see it all the time, is that people are talking about things that are not the underlying problems. They're talking about things that are on the surface, and nobody seems to know it. Money in particular is on the surface.
I think you could have a school in your backyard or your garage, that would outperform any of our public schools if you happen to be serious about education, which our public schools are not. Don't homeschoolers illustrate this point every day?