Thursday, January 29, 2009

Stimulus Package to Help Education?

The current Obama administration and Congress is trying to advance a $825 billion stimulus package. The details are exhausting and tedious. I am here to focus on the education section of it.

This excerpt is taken from an opinion analysis in the Wall Street Journal:
"...Oh, and don't forget education, which would get $66 billion more. That's more than the entire Education Department spent a mere 10 years ago and is on top of the doubling under President Bush. Some $6 billion of this will subsidize university building projects. If you think the intention here is to help kids learn, the House declares on page 257 that "No recipient . . . shall use such funds to provide financial assistance to students to attend private elementary or secondary schools." Horrors: Some money might go to nonunion teachers."

Does anyone seriously believe more money dumped into education will fix the failures of the entire system? More and more money has been consistently poured into it over the years and there has been no improvement.

Two points: stop wasting money on a broken system and start looking for ways to fix it.

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