Okay so, it’s that time again, back to school, and just like any year 2012 is no different, however maybe it should be? Let’s talk.
The other day, I was at Starbucks and I was talking to a mother who was busy shuttling her kids around to school. She had brought them into the air-conditioning at Starbucks for a treat, and she noted to me that she has children in two different school districts, and one private school – a private high school, prep school for super smart students on their way to Ivy League schools. Basically, mom was the official school bus for her kids, and she laughed when I told her that, and admitted it was so.
Incidentally, this time of year in our Valley it is about 106 degrees Fahrenheit. We talked a little bit about how ridiculous it was to start school this month due to the high temperatures out here during the summer. She definitely agreed. Indeed, it seems as if the schools are complaining about a lack of budget money, and the school districts around here, well they’ve been laying-off teachers at a record rate to save on funds. They’ve even been laying-off teachers which as much as 13 years seniority, so you know things are bad.
What I don’t understand is why the schools are complaining about a lack of budget money, but starting schools when they have to run their air conditioners at nearly full blast. It takes money to run air-conditioning systems, and also takes a lot of money to run the diesel school buses when oil prices are around a $100 per barrel. At a time when our Valley is worried about rolling blackouts due to the unfortunate energy policy for California, it seems as if those in charge are unable to make a change.
If those who are running the administration of our school district, those in the California Board of Education, and those in Washington do not allow the local communities to govern their own affairs with regards to education, then there is no way they could ever run efficiently. In other parts of the country it may make sense to start school earlier because they will have heating costs in the wintertime, this would allow them to take a longer Christmas break.
The mother told me that the reason they started early was so they could get all of the information to the students in time for their standardized testing. This is exactly what happens when you have centralized control without regard to regional variation. I would submit to you that not only is this a problem with our education system, and the unfortunate costs incurred, but this centralized theory of management is also affecting our government at the state and federal levels. No wonder they are in debt. Please consider all this and think on it.
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