Parker (thecorinthian2) wrote in educated_angst,

Did NYS Parents All Take the Short Bus?

This, in my mind at least, is an interesting example of journalistic reporting, because, well, basically I’ve done very little research beyond listening to the news and reading the papers from time to time. I’ve got my facts down pretty well in my mind but I can’t remember where I got all of them. Just assume that this is all based on reading the Daily News, the New York Times, and The Rockland Journal News between April 14th and April 20th, and listening to CBS Radio 880 between April 18th and 20th.

The New York State public school system needs a to be changed—and not in terms of getting more money—the people who run the assorted boards and councils in charge of the assorted school districts need to be repeatedly kicked in the nuts and/or ovaries, and the parents of kids in these regions need to be firebombed out of their homes and have their children castrated.

I attended public school in New York State for 12 years, on and off. I was one of those relatively poor kids who’s parents were divorced and I wound up living with the one who was just inches above the poverty level rather than the one bringing in several dozen thousands of dollars a year. By circumstance of location, I was assigned to attend the Junior and High Schools of the extremely wealthy and the almost extremely wealthy regions, respectively.

While I didn’t exactly pay attention to it, my schools were constantly getting seemingly pointless upgrades to computers and television studios and auditoriums every couple of years. In hindsight, there were a lot of them. Hell, there were upgrades that weren’t even used—for example, every classroom in the High School where I went has the capability for a teacher to hook up a computer to a digital projector and use animated graphics and presentations to instruct with. Do they? No. Are the teachers aware of this ability? Not the ones I’d spoken to before writing this.

And now, for the research!

According to my sources, 98% of New York State residents who are parents of children in the public school system believe that their school districts are underfunded. According to these same sources, 6 of the 10 richest counties in the United States are in New York State.

Put two and two together and what do you get? Self-serving, deceptively undermining, and ridiculously offensive bullshit.

I’ve been around the country a few times, and I’ve been to others. I’ve gone to school in some of those countries. I’ve attended technical and public colleges in other states. And my opinion is this—the New York schools are better funded, have better facilities, and are more able to actually teach kids things without distractions such as water dripping down from the ceiling or setbacks like 10-year-old computers that crash when more than one application is run. If what I’ve seen from the schools I’ve personally attended in New York—and the one’s I’ve visited on extracurricular visits—is supposed to be “underfunded” and “in desperate need of upgrades,” then I would think that the out-of-state and out-of-country schools I’ve seen in places like Canada, England, Brazil, and Australia, or New Jersey, Arizona, New Mexico, Virginia, Massachusetts and Florida would be transporting their students to class via teleportation or flying school buses powered by Harrier engines.

But, fuck me, they’re aren’t, and for some magical reason, teachers in New York State schools have more technology than they know what to do with or are even aware of, and students have sanitary, up-to-date learning facilities and have new editions of texts every two years or so.

Attention parents of New York State public school students: Shut the fuck up with your greedy sentiments and ask for reduced funding so that NYS can donate to the national or international education funds to help other people’s kids out. Because, let me tell you, your kids don’t deserve much more than what they’ve already got, and the rest of the nation’s kids deserve a lot better than what they have to deal with.
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