My Turn: SB 193 could free thousands of minds

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 12:46:01 AM. In the 2015-2016 school year, New Hampshire taxpayers spent $17,648.76 for every student in K-12. We are spending more this year.At about $18,000 per year, we are spending enough to give every child a customized education. It is more than most private...
In the 2015-2016 school year, New Hampshire taxpayers spent $17,648.76 for every student in K-12. We are spending more this year. At about $18,000 per year, we are spending enough to give every child a customized education. It is more than most private schools in New Hampshire charge. Eighteen thousand dollars would allow for overseas intensive foreign-language study (Rosetta Stone can be used for intensive language training, but then what do you use the other 17,700 dollars for? Besides, foreign travel is broadening and Thai food is better than the cafeteria). Eighteen thousand dollars would pay for specialized athletic training, or any sort of trade school, or fund apprenticeship and internship programs. Many young entrepreneurs have funded their startups for less. There is enough money for education in New Hampshire to become the best in the world. But much of the $18,000 in our present system doesn’t reach students. It doesn’t go to pay for the things that matter in 2017. The money pays for a rigid bureaucracy, for buildings full of experts that never see the student. We fund an education Potemkin village; most real education occurs outside the public system. Our taxes serve primarily to maintain the class barrier in education. The well-off go to private schools selected to match their interests and abilities, or they home school, or they indenture themselves to million-dollar mortgages to purchase entrance to “public” schools as exclusive as Kimball Union or Phillips...Read more
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