Monday, November 21, 2005

School Closings

Local school enrollment is declining. It's due to demographic changes, some say. Naturally, school officials worry this will mean less money for the schools since the revenue they get is based on enrollment. You never hear the end of it. First they need more money cause the classrooms are overcrowded. Then they need more money cause they don't have enough students. One thing's for certain: The schools will always say they need more money no matter how many students they have.

I think it would be in everybody's best interest if parents around here would join the Humboldt Homeschoolers and say to heck with the Education- Industrial Complex.

"Do not rage against The Machine. Quietly flip it off."- Jeff Kelley

7 Comments:

At 2:52 PM, Blogger Jeff said...

Fred,

Thanks for using my quote.

I don't see in the article where the schools are asking for more money. Instead, I see that they are making decisions and taking action to reduce costs to deal with a change in income. Also, what are you referring to when you say that schools need more money due to over crowding? I'm familiar with the debate to reduce classroom size, but that is an issue of quality, not overcrowding.

To me, the big issue of that TS article is the declining birth rate in the US. Schools are one institution that will have to change to accomodate fewer children. How about the military?

 
At 4:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

public education is spiraling downward, and sadly so is the university system.

 
At 5:46 PM, Anonymous Leonidas said...

Fred,
Leonidas shares your (and anonymous') views on education. The U.S. population of 291 million is growing by 3.3 million per year. (http://www.sps.org/overview/birthrates.html) This growth is associated with uncontrolled immigration. The issue of the financial crisis in Humboldt County schools is a demographic one. With the leftists (e.g. the NEA wing of the Dimmocratic party) insistance on "diversity" and "bilingual' education, the home schooling option is being considered for our grandaughter. It is a travesty that those of us who who would chose to make that kind of financial and physical investment are additionally forced to support the failing government schools.

MOLON LABE

 
At 6:02 AM, Blogger Bill G said...

The schools have installed a lot of 'temporary' classrooms, and somebody paid for that. I don't think it was from overcrowding, I think it was from redefining the teacher to student ratio, which resulted in not enough classrooms. I have my doubts about improved quality. Maybe they should pay teachers based on # of kids taught and test scores...

 
At 10:12 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Jeff, I suppose you're actually correct that the article doesn't mention the schools asking for more money, at least right now. The will, though. Trust me.

As an aside, I was driving by the Eureka City Schools office the other day and someone posted a sign on the telephone pole at the entrance to the driveway saying "Keep Jefferson Open".

 
At 10:45 AM, Blogger Jeff said...

Yeah, I saw one of those signs. Some people can't handle change, even if it's necessary, even if it's good change. Resist at all costs.

But no, I won't trust you. I expect you to prove your assertions with adequate and logically sound support.

 
At 9:05 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Well, not wanting to go search for examples, I guess we'll have to wait for the next time they ask for money.

 

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