Monday, August 24, 2009

Pay the lads

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A sub was in today and at lunch he made the comment that the best way to get kids to come to school is to pay them.  Money seems to make the world go around, so why not start them off young and make it worth their wild?

I'll give you three reasons why you should not pay students to attend school.

1)  You can't fund the programs that the government has instituted right now.  Where in God's name are you going to find the funding to pay some little knot-head to go to school and play dodgeball? 

2)  You are assuming that whatever you decide to pay, whenever you decide to pay it, is going to be incentive enough for kids to attend school.  Then you are also assuming that the incentive will remain for a very long time, since I don't see the government bringing it up in increments over the short term.

3)  As usual, YOU ARE AVOIDING THE PRIMARY REASON WHY THE EDUCATION SYSTEM IS BROKEN IN THE UNITED STATES!  SOCIETY DOESN'T REALLY VALUE EDUCATION!

  How is it that we come up with the most trendy, expensive, and idiotic ideas to deal with education and manage to ignore the simplicity of the problem?  I actually do know the answer.  It isn't attractive to go after society and parents when it's that very entity that votes for you in the democratic process.  Obama started to go this route when he ran for office, making comments about the need for responsible parents in society.  Now that he's president,  he's turned around and done the fashionable "it's the teacher stupid" routine.  Sure, bad teachers need to be eliminated, but societies ills don't rest squarely on the shoulders of instructors.

And paying kids to keep doing what they are doing is a great way to maintain the current moronic state of mediocrity. 

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