Why are we paying teachers?

Here’s how the US, which spends more per student than any country in the world, is doing vs. the world in math, science and reading.

Get that? Out of 34 countries, our tax dollars in conjunction with the US Department of Education and the National Education Association, has the US solidly in 26th place in math, 17th in reading, and 21st in science. We’ve bought our way into the top two-thirds.

The so-called educators with their centralized control, common core anyone?, have destroyed the best public school system in a mere 30 to 40 years. They have, however, done one heck of a job of taking care of themselves.

A teacher in Chicago costs the city’s taxpayers about $100,000. For a hundred grand per teacher the city’s schools graduate about 60% of the incoming freshmen and the average reading ability is right around the 6th grade.

In New York City, a teacher accused of molesting a student must be investigated by the “school police”. No action is ever taken so the teacher can’t be fired, the city puts them in a “rubber room” which is nothing more than a classroom with no students. The teacher collects full pay, does nothing, and can look forward to a prosperous retirement on the taxpayer’s nickel. Oh, some of those teachers have been in the “rubber room” since the 90s and are making over $100,000 per year plus benefits.

Yes, I know these are extreme examples. But given the poor performance of our kids, they’re not all that extreme.

Our schools need a major overhaul, starting with eliminating the US Department of Education and federal funding. Vouchers at the local level would give parents the ability to actually be involved in their kids’ education and would give kids a chance to get a real education.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

 

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Posted by on December 4, 2013.
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Michael Becker is a long time activist and a businessman. He's been involved in the pro-life movement since 1976 and has been counseling addicts and ministering to prison inmates since 1980. Becker is a Curmudgeon. He has decades of experience as an operations executive in turnaround situations and in mortgage banking. He blogs regularly at The Right Curmudgeon, The Minority Report, Wizbang, Unified Patriots and Joe for America. He lives in Phoenix and is almost always armed.

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  • jim_m

    The question is why we are paying them at all. They should be doing this for the pleasure they get from helping children. Sure, you may scoff, but having worked many years in healthcare you would be surprised at how many people think that hospital and other healthcare staff are all volunteer.

    People complain at how much healthcare costs but at least we receive the highest quality of healthcare in the world for that expense. We spend more than any other nation on education and receive one of the worst returns on that investment.

    • Commander_Chico

      We do not receive the highest quality of healthcare in the world.

      • jim_m

        Show me where there is a study on overall outcomes that shows where we actually receive poorer quality of healthcare than any other country.

        Don’t go showing your BS studies about access that claims socialized medicine is better because people don’t have to pay. Because anyone can bring up dozens of leftist propaganda about how our healthcare is bad because the government doesn’t provide it for free.

        The fact is that people travel from all over the world to get treated here. That has been the case for a number of decades. No one travels to Cuba, even Castro sought his healthcare in Spain rather than your socialist paradise.

        Because when you get down to what matters, whether you get better or whether you die, the US is the one place where you have the best odds of getting better. When you are ready to show me something that isn’t filled with BS about government subsidies or total spent on healthcare then I will listen. Until that time you are just talking bullshit. The US provides better care even if you don’t like how we pay for it or how people get access.

        • jim_m

          I will say that the one area that our healthcare suffers is from cutbacks in nursing care which are primarily due to the cheeseparing ways of Medicare and Medicaid, which pay 45 cents on the dollar at best, resulting in a drive to reduce the cost of providing actual care.

          If we focused our efforts on reducing the overhead cost of regulatory compliance and liability insurance we would be able to actually get more for our dollar’s worth.

          To give you an idea of the over regulation here are just a few of the agencies that my lab had to deal with:

          FDA – (Both CBER and CDRH)
          OSHA
          State Dept of Health
          EPA
          EEOC
          INS
          NRC
          DOE
          Homeland Security
          FBI
          Joint Commission
          CMS

          Peer organizations whose certification is also required
          CAP
          AABB
          AATB
          FAHCT

          And that is just after 60 seconds of thinking. There are more agencies that we have to deal with I’m sure.

      • Retired military

        I am sure it is a racist plot against Obama’s policies Chico.

        BTW

        “As I said before, try answering what people say, and not try to put words in others’ mouths, debate goes better” – Chico, Famed Wizbangblog poster

        1. Do you consider Oprah racist since she called for the deaths of millions of non black people because SHE FEELS that they don’t like her because she is black.?

        2. Why is it that Oprah,the Lamestream media, Reid, Pelosi, and other major dems have called people racist simply because they oppose Obama’s
        policies. Yet when they oppose those same policies when espoused by Bill, Hillary. Reid, Pelos, Gore, Kerry, etc etc they weren’t considered racist then?

        3. Why are people called racist terrorist anarchist when Al Franken who did the same thing wasn’t called Racist? Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the call just playing the race card because that is all they have?

        4. Why are people called racist anarchist terrorist when they called for the delay of all or part of Obamacare and Obama who is unconstitutionally doing this not called a racist anarchist terrorist? Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the calling are just playing the race card because that is all they have?

  • Lawrence Westlake

    The reported unemployment rate for 18-19 year-olds is 21.1% and for those aged 20-24 it’s 12.5%. And those grim numbers don’t tell the full story, in that they don’t factor in the vast number of kids who’ve moved back home with their parents, who are sitting around playing PS4 or XBox, and are not searching for work. Perhaps the ghastliest irony however is that the demographics of the chattering classes are so horrible those obvious dots rarely if ever get connected. Lastly, the future prospects are worse than the current ones. If you thought teachers in the 60′s, 70′s, 80′s and 90′s were loopy and partisan try to fathom what the current crop of Ed. majors look and sound like. All part and parcel of the now accelerating march into third-world banana republic status.

  • Commander_Chico

    I’m glad you brought this up. The USA ranks on par with other large heterogeneous societies like the UK, France and Russia.

    What do you expect with 300 million plus people drawn from a lot of places? The USA is not China.

    • iwogisdead

      Do you apply the same “heterogeneous society” argument when discussing the quality of US healthcare?

      • Commander_Chico

        I would if everyone was a physician, like everyone goes to ninth grade.

    • Retired military

      Yeah Chico. And China isn’t racist like we are correct?

      About those questions which you haven’t answered.

      “As I said before, try answering what people say, and not try to put words in others’ mouths, debate goes better” – Chico, Famed Wizbangblog poster

      1. Do you consider Oprah racist since she called for the deaths of millions of non black people because SHE FEELS that they don’t like her because she is black.?

      2. Why is it that Oprah,the Lamestream media, Reid, Pelosi, and other major dems have called people racist simply because they oppose Obama’s
      policies. Yet when they oppose those same policies when espoused by Bill, Hillary. Reid, Pelos, Gore, Kerry, etc etc they weren’t considered racist then?

      3. Why are people called racist terrorist anarchist when Al Franken who did the same thing wasn’t called Racist? Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the call just playing the race card because that is all they have?

      4. Why are people called racist anarchist terrorist when they called for the delay of all or part of Obamacare and Obama who is unconstitutionally doing this not called a racist anarchist terrorist? Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the calling are just playing the race card because that is all they have?

  • ljcarolyne

    These Common Core schools should all be shut down, along with all the Godless Mosques across America.