Some Thoughts on Education
By Artur Bagyants
Money – In almost any debate about education policy, money is the central question. Should we make investments or cuts? If you want to spend more, you’re pro-education, and if you want to spend less, well, you aren’t. This is a false choice – merely a political tool – and does a real disservice to both teachers and students. Money is a prerequisite; necessary, but not sufficient. An increased investment does not necessarily translate to higher test scores and graduation rates.
The Kansas Constitution directs the legislature to “Make suitable provision for finance of the educational interests of the state.” In other words, make sure our schools have the money they need to accomplish the goals they have. This is, and should always be an enduring commitment we make to the next generation. But if the goals themselves are faulty, problems arise, which brings us to the second point. (more…)