LETTER: Public education can’t be fixed with moneyHere we go again, the never-ending harangue over funding of public education in South Dakota.
By: Dennis J. Muser, Pierre
To the Editor:
Here we go again, the never-ending harangue over funding of public education in South Dakota. There may be a multitude of issues, but here are two that don’t get much press:
1. From what I’ve read, there are a number of studies showing that simply throwing more and more money at education has done nothing to improve the academic performance of American students. If anything, that performance has been stagnant or declining relative to other countries. What’s wrong with this picture?
2. I think that the real question is who is responsible for the education of children? The simple answer in three words: parents, parents, parents! The point being, if schools really do need more funding, it is way past time that parents start paying tuition to the public schools rather than relying on the coercive power of government to hit property owners etc.
I suspect that if parents have a real, vested interest (meaning money directly out of their pockets) in their children’s education, they will get a whole lot more involved in their academic performance and give much less attention to the next basketball, football or volleyball game.