Close the Schools in 5 years, Part II – What to do with the teachers?

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

In the last article, we started to discuss the closing of schools. We focused on how current school facilities could be re-tasked to service a national Home School movement, a movement that would replace both public and private schools. In this article, I want to discuss “personnel” – both teachers in the system, and homeschoolers.

How many teachers are there in the United States? I think the number will shock some of you. Given all sorts of public and private schools, in 2010 the teacher count was 3,823,142. Yes, that’s nearly FOUR MILLION TEACHERS! That’s out of a total national population of 308,745,538. That means that better than one out of every 100 people (including children and the elderly, by the way) are teachers, on the payroll of some school somewhere.

So many teachers, so many bad result! So much money dished out for such a spectacular rate of failure! No “business” in the world would survive the failure rate that public schools have. In many large cities the dropout rate approaches or tops 50%. Imagine a car company trying to sell cars when half of them won’t start! How long would they stay in business? Public schools are almost always the single largest expense in a state’s budget! (And these reports intentionally leave out certain key expenses, crediting them to other departments.) We have been told that the average public school student costs the state some $10,000 a year, for nine months schooling. The truth is that it costs a different amount per school district, but it ranges from $12,000 (in Phoenix) to $27,000 (in the New York Metro area, with one of the worst school districts in the nation). Public schools cost, on a per-student spending average, over 90% more than private schools pay out for the same awful result. And the difference between the cost of public schooling and homeschooling is ridiculous indeed. I know too many homeschoolers that do a terrific job, and easily spend less than $2,000 annually per student. How’s that for cost-effective?! And those students are getting one-on-one attention, something few public-schoolers could claim.

Schools and administrators have intentionally obfuscated the actual financial costs of public schooling, just as they have attempted to hide their horrifying “results”, both to individual students and to civilization as a whole. I don’t blame them for wanting to hide the truth. The truth, widely known, would put them almost immediately out of business, and perhaps send some of them to jail.

(Here’s an interesting article to look at on the actual cost of Public Schooling:
http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa662.pdf)

So we close the schools, and instantly we seem to add almost 4 million people to the unemployment roster. Sounds like a disaster in the making, doesn’t it? Of course, these are generally the very people who have created the economic and political crises we currently enjoy. They educated the Wall Street robbers and politicians who buried us in greed, self-involvement, debt and political verbiage. They educated the American public, one of the least educated and most poorly prepared on Earth. (With millions of exceptions, mostly self-educated to a very real degree. And without those exceptions, we would be in unimaginably worse shape.) I’m not certain that our fine soon-to-be unemployed teachers shouldn’t be allowed to suffer as the rest of us have, including businesses cursed with unprepared employees, and individuals wondering at their lack of salable skills and how they will survive.

Yes, you’re right. It is simply a statistical impossibility that all 3,823,142 teachers are bad at their jobs, or corrupt in some way. Certainly not all of them. We’ve most of us had or known a few wonderful teachers. The good teacher is, in fact, the argument often made that the system does work, that good results are possible. Such are the cream of a very poor crop, but they exist, nonetheless. What’s to be said about the unusual and fine teacher?

First of all, I believe that the good teacher made himself or herself. They do not rely on the rotten tools, destructive methods and degraded ideas that have polluted and poisoned education for decades. If they did, then their results would be as miserable and reprehensible as those of their comrades in chalk. They must have learned something more and better, finer and more humane, to accomplish anything valid while participating in such an invalid system. For those of us who have known such good and fine educators, we know that they have grown beyond education-as-usual, indeed.

Such individuals are, as oft stated, worth their weight in gold to their students and to the future of our civilization. The one in a hundred teacher who loves and supports and appreciates her students, and who teaches self-respect and opens the door to the great ideas, IS underpaid. There, I actually said it, folks. There are teachers who are underpaid. It’s the numbers that are the problems. The underpaid teacher is one in a hundred (a generous guess). The rest need not be employed at all for all the damage they do.

We are often asked to forgive, to accept, and to even support “the system” of public education, on the basis of an emotional appeal built around the rare, good teacher. But let’s be frank for a moment. Why should we excuse an educational industry that has delivered almost nothing but flat tires on the basis of the few cars that actually started and ran? In fact, the good teacher is the final and fatal proof of the failure of our educational system. They are an indictment against all of their fellows. For why should a good teacher be the exception, or an exceptional example of the teaching industry? Why the need to promote that rare good teacher when we should be able to reach into the system and pull out just about ANY teacher as the example?

Well, we all know the answer for that one, don’t we? We’ve all had our share of lousy teachers. Still, clearly, we will need to address the problem of what to do with this large number of supposedly educated and capable, and soon to be unemployed people.

What to do? Well, first, I would suggest rather strongly that teacher union leaders and lobbyists be made to repay the public in some way for the almost immeasurable harm they’ve done. Not sure how to do that. Some jail time seems likely, but I’m not a fan of jailing such people and then having the public carry more of the expense for their upkeep. Suggestions? These are the people who worked tirelessly to raise the cost of education on the public’s dime, with scarcely a thought for the children and families, the communities they were supposedly serving. The results don’t lie. They are a relatively small number, but highly destructive of the public good.

To the rest. First – the good teacher. There will ALWAYS be work for a good teacher! I mean always! If my plan were to go into effect and millions of homeschool groups were formed in this country, good teachers would be at a real premium for those households that wanted to employ a teacher to run their program. The need for structure and the unfortunately titled “remedial” assistance in some situations would be pronounced and undeniable. Such teachers could run a series of local parent/teacher workshops, imparting their good ideas and approaches, and letting others know “what worked”. Such lectures, or better yet, workshops, could be invaluable. And some of the massive amount of government money currently spent on teachers could easily be directed to these master teachers who would take in hand assisting the families of their neighborhood. The work available to such a good teacher would be nearly endless. Their pay would come from individual families, homeschool groups, and possibly the government, as mentioned above. They should have benefits and the like, and their neighborhood should support them. This is not dissimilar to the old “Little Red School House” approach of over 100 years ago, when a community employed a teacher and gave him a school house and a salary.

Good teachers need have no fear, for teaching AS A CALLING is and has always been honored, and as a true profession with a good result, a blessing. For such as they, steady employment awaits, along with far more hands-on, one-on-one work, sure to gratify the true teacher’s soul and improve the lives of homeschool parents and students.

(Warning – Yes, the rest of this is a bit tongue-in-cheek, but the core of what is said is meant.)

And what for the bad teachers? What for teachers who get consistently poor results? What for teacher who makes it clear in various ways that she really doesn’t like or trust children? What for teacher that is in the system for pay and benefits and retirement? What for the teacher whose clarion battle cry, as we heard in a post to our blogs, is “show me the money”?

I could say that we give them “what for”, but that simply won’t solve the unemployment disaster such a move could initiate. The system would no longer require their services, because the system itself would no longer be in business. We must somehow place these people back into the ranks of the employed, and quickly.

Well, some of them could and would man the menial jobs that they were carefully preparing their students for. McDonalds always seems to have openings, and here’s an employment tip for you teachers out there, Subway has now passed McDonalds as the largest fast food chain on Earth. (They really have! There’s hope!) However, it is sadly true that few Subway managers will willingly demean their store as to hire a former teacher with the sort of employment results such people have had. I mean, food poisoning for the masses, right around the corner! Can’t have that!

Seriously, those alleged “teachers” who would find themselves unemployable as teachers would need to be re-tasked, just as their old school facilities would be. I personally would not allow them near children, so baby-sitting might not be an option. Some would need to be re-educated, sent back to some college to suffer through classes and be treated in the same way they currently treat their own students, that seems sort of fair. However, degrees in education would no longer be available, not in the current form. Some former teachers would need to get degrees in actually useful industries. Not sure which industries would be included in that list, but I’ll give it all the thought it deserves at a later time. Once we spot areas in which we actually need educated people in the workforce TODAY, in this country, the government might be prevailed upon to provide funding to re-educate former teachers into a profession along such lines. I hope not. I think the government and the people have already been bilked out of enough money by this group. But I suppose something will need to be done or they’ll all try to go on the public dole, as they’ve done now for decades.

Some of these folks would doubtless move into trades of their own accord. I know two former teachers who now are real estate agents. They’re not doing well, but hey, the economy and all that. I know of one who sells insurance. Whatever pays the bills. Some might even start their own cottage businesses, making tapestries, or selling decorative rugs at your local street corner. I mean, some of them must be sort of entrepreneurial. Look at how energetically they destroyed education in America! These are not inconsiderable or entirely incapable people.

The burden, in short, should move to the unemployed ex-educator, overall. I do believe that some of them would supervise facilities, once schools, now open to the public for use as the public property is indeed is. Some would teach in the private sector. Some would help organize the vast homeschool effort that would replace schools – but only the best of the best for those jobs, the teachers who do not give a hang for educational business-as-usual. Most teachers would thankfully leave education behind them forever, and enter the private and public sector in jobs they are suited for. Waste maintenance, dog-catching, and politics come immediately to mind. Others would move in with mom and dad, or with the kids, and watch a great deal of television in an effort to improve upon their education. Still others would export themselves to foreign lands where they could resume the corruption of education and the destruction of the future.

Well…at least they would no longer be here.
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As you probably know, I am an advocate for homeschooling. It’s my belief that homeschooling potentially provides a student with a vastly superior education than schooling in any form. This is backed up by a lot of numbers and research. I’ve taught for public and private schools, at the University level, as a private instructor in thousands of workshops, and as a homeschool dad running a homeschool group. Homeschooling by far works best for most students- and most families.

But I understand that many parents do not believe they can effectively homeschool. They’ve been told that they “don’t have degrees,” and that they “aren’t qualified.” This is all nonsense, of course. You’re legally not required to have any kind of a degree to homeschool your kids anywhere in the U.S. A lot of people who have degrees and who call themselves “professional teachers” are simply awful, and even destructive at what they do. A lot of parents…hundreds that I know of…have homeschooled their kids right into universities and careers.

In a serious effort to make homeschooling easier to do, and more commonly successful in terms of education received, I’ve authored my own curriculum. It took some 15,000 hours to write, over more than a decade of work, and is intended to replace the need for schooling a student from age 5-Adult Continuing Education. The curriculum is called Steps (or “CTT”). It has been used by over 20,000 students worldwide over the past 10 years. Hundreds of “success stories” attest to how well CTT works.

CTT courses are written in a way that gradually allows the student to take over his own education. Each course itself largely does the teaching, relieving mom and dad of that duty unless they wish to use our daily lesson plans in various subjects as springboards for family discussion and discovery – as many families do, every day. The parent has the job of making certain the student is working and has what they need to study. (And you’ll need to find a good math program for homeschooling as we don’t provide one. There are many.)

Below are links to our site discussing each level of curriculum, and every subject at that level that we offer. (You can start any level at any time. We don’t have “semesters” that start at a certain time, and each course stands alone well.) You’ll find free videos describing how every subject and each level works. You’ll discover free samples of every course we offer. Our site offers many other services and surprises, including numerous free courses you can download and try out.

Starter is for ages 5-6, and for preliterate students of any age. It focuses on starting to develop literacy skills, while teaching about various subjects. Starter includes full two-year programs in Reading, History, Science, Creative Writing, and Living Your Life, courses that develop life and study skills for the youngest students. Every lesson plan at the Starter level works to develop literacy.

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12 comments on “Close the Schools in 5 years, Part II – What to do with the teachers?”


  1. Kim Kelsey says:

    Nice thought Steven, I concur whole-heartedly; especially since I’ve been saying the same thing for years and people just look at me like I’m crazy.

    Sincerely,
    Kim Kelsey

  2. I have 3 children 2 of them have special needs. I have tried homeschooling my older 2 and had no success. My oldest now goes to a wonderful charter and my middle is in an autism program in the regular school and both are now doing wonderful! Both of them in the reg school special ed program were several grade levels behind and it isn’t because of their intelligence.

    My youngest though is very smart and makes any teacher look amazing. I hope all schools don’t close down as you suggest they all should, my older two would do horrible as they need specialize schooling and we can’t afford to hire a special ed teacher to come in and teach them.

    I do want to point out that while I was struggling to homeschool I joined a homeschool support group and not all parents do a good job educating their kids. While I agree there are MANY really bad teachers and a lot of them have no business in our schools I think those of us with special need kids that don’t do well with homeschool would be in a really bad spot if all schools closed.

  3. Hi Joanna,

    I appreciate your predicament! I’m thrilled that you found a “wonderful charter school” that is able to address the needs of your oldest child, and I see that is a very good thing for you. I am not surprised that the regular school branded two of your children as “behind”.

    There’s no such thing as “behind”, Joanna. Behind WHAT?

    A person learns as quickly and as well as they are able to, and as they are interested. This is true of all people. The only “learning curve” that should interest the student, parent or educator is the “curve” created by the student each day. No comparison to the progress of another child, or of some imagined “average” child or “grade level”, will in any way help us educate your children more effectively. Yet, as you point out, the school that your children were in did exactly the wrong thing – and branded your children as “behind grade level”, one of the ugliest control mechanisms that institutionalized education uses. I’m sorry they did this to you – and I’m truly sorry that you listened to them. It’s pure nonsense.

    Yes there are MANY bad teachers – and MANY bad parents, as you point out. As I mentioned in an earlier response, we sometimes have the miserable choice of placing a child in a dysfunctional school or with dysfunctional homeschool parents, and this is just one of the reasons why I believe in homeschool groups – to mitigate the bad effects of poor parents in such an endeavor. I will be discussing this soon, and at length.

    I also firmly believe that “autism” is a label, and that is used far too broadly today. While your children may have certain educational issues, I think “autism” needs to be far more carefully defined. I’m NOT saying necessarily that your children are NOT autistic – I am saying that “autism” is the labeling “flavor of the year” amongst many “professionals”, and is being severely misapplied. There are MANY stories floating around now of brilliant and accomplished adults who have been told (even after they became adults and were accomplished) that they were “autistic”. While there certainly are some impaired individuals who face a difficult road with study because of their impairment, I believe that there are far fewer than the psychologist, the educational system and the drug companies would like us to believe. They generally only see profits. I see people and human potential.

    I completely agree with you that if all of the schools closed suddenly, many families would be placed in an impossible situation! But the sudden closure of all schools is NOT what I advocate. As described in the article, I advocate a five year program, one in which each school district would close 1/5th of its schools a year, and terminate 1/5th of its employee contracts, said closure schedule to continue over a five-year period. This would allow parents to move their children into homeschooling situations more gradually, and to make an adjustment, or to hang onto the system and use it for up to five years, moving a child as often as once a year from one school to the next until they can make an adjustment and homeschool. This would allow designated (and newly freed) resources to be made available to homeschool families and groups, and targeted resources could additionally be made available (as they are now, but for less money) to children with unique needs.

    That said, you are better equipped as a parent to deal one-on-one (or one-on-two, in your case) with your children who you know intimately, than a teacher with perhaps 5-10 such children, who sees this as a nine to five. I’ve worked with a school that specialized in children with brain trauma, and saw that the needed ratio for proper care and for any sort of educational progress was very low, perhaps one teacher to two-three children, and no more than that. These were children with physical injury to their brains, which seriously impeded their ability to function. It does not sound like your children suffer from injury, but rather from a designation applied to them – they’re “behind”, they’re “slow”, they’re cursed with a disease of some sort, in this case “autism”. Well, if the label is being properly applied (and I find that a big “if”), anyone with special needs requires special degrees of attention. Who better than you for that? Who knows your children better than you? Who cares more about their future and their well-being?

    Thanks for writing! I wish you the very best in your efforts to educate your children!

  4. Wow Steve I heard no mention of the Departments of Education that create & follow every new trend that is written & then forces the teachers implement these new unsuccessful strategies. You are saying the teachers are at fault but the employees are only as good as the Bosses that hand down these horrible teaching strategies for students to pass the Department of Educations State Examine not to be societal functioning & creative young people. Yes there are good & not so good teachers, but what can you expect with teachers not being allocated enough time to prepare thought provoking lesson. Thanks Steve for being another knife in teachers backs when the real culprits sit in Washington & the State Boards steadily taking funding away from our children.

  5. Wow, Shante, you don’t know me, so I think you can call me “Mr. Horwich”. And you clearly are a teacher. Yes, the Dept. of Education is ridiculous and destructive. But teachers accept their paychecks anyway, don’t they, even knowing that what they are delivering is not education – even seeing the results their efforts have on children every day of the school year. Disastrous results, that lead over 1/2 your students to flee teachers and their schools in many large cities. Teachers stab themselves in the back daily, pretending to be educators, taking those nice paychecks – and delivering garbage. Did teachers think that it would go on forever, that people would not notice their abysmal track record, all the while pretending that they had some magical “expertise” about the children that they routinely fail? Your job as a teacher is to EDUCATE, truly – to open up doors, ideas, windows of opportunity for children. If you accept pay and get any result but this then you are not a teacher but a fraud. if you deliver what the Dept. of Ed. mandates knowing it’s garbage and still accept a paycheck for teaching, you’re a fraud. That simple enough?

  6. I love your reply above about grade levels. I am learning, however slowly, that grade levels don’t matter. I have a child with Aspergers. Honestly, sometimes I wonder if she has “Aspergers”. Sure many of the symptoms are there — the difficulty socializing, the sensory issues, the difficulties in writing and coordination, ect; but I’m not really sure why it matters. She learns differently and that is the only reason why I care about such a label. I am not sure every parent should homeschool especially people who don’t have their hearts in it and are dedicated to it. If I would have stopped doing it when it got tough, my kids would be in public school too (you know how many times I’ve threatened to send them there? A LOT and its a real threat since they HATE it). I think as you go along in homeschooling, you learn a tremendous amount about your kids you never knew. You laugh and cry with them. You watch them fail and succeed. You are with them at every step of the way. Doesn’t that matter more? I don’t use the public schools for special ed, although I have in the past and they did an OK job. But there were some things I saw that was downright maddening. They really are just trying to push kids through the system and that is aggravating. We use private OT services now and have found great results. They don’t look down on us for educating our kids at home. They listen and care. They are amazing. I know not everyone has the option of using a private service like we do, but the schools just didn’t cut it. If I didn’t have the option, I probably would just do more therapy type things at home with my kids. Good thoughts.

  7. Another thought — please explain to me how I can educate my 3 children with about $2000 a year (that’s for curriculum, field trips, and extra curricular activities), but the school system whines when they lose funding which at the least is about $10,000 a child? It’s ridiculous.

  8. Hi Michelle,

    Loved your description of homeschooling above!!! Yup, that’s about it. I don’t buy into labels. Each child is unique, each child has strengths and challenges. And as to the money spent educating children, it costs so much more for public schools to pretend to educate them because the teacher’s unions jack up the salaries and perks, protect non-performing teachers (read most teachers), and don’t really care about kids, families, or the communities they are stealing from. Keep homeschooling! It can be a rough road, but the results are worth it!

  9. Steven,

    Unfortunately, we don ‘t live in a perfect world! Homeschooling does not and will not work for everyone. There are thousands of people who fall short on parenting their children now. And to expect them to homeschool is unrealistic. And really, what percentage of our society could afford to hire their own teacher to homeschool?

    I totally disagree with your statement, “these are generally the very people who have created the economic and political crises we currently enjoy.” You can’t be serious when you lay the blame at the foot of the education system in America. There is so much more that plays into the economic and political state of America.

    I agree that not all the teachers in the U.S. are good teacher, but that doesn’t differ from politicians, bankers, stock brokers, pastors, CEO of corporations. To group them all together and blame the woes of the world on them is not even logical.

    I don’t disagree that there need to be some changes, while homeschooling obviously works in the company you keep. It won’t work National wide.
    ~b

  10. Hi Bridget,

    Nope, we do not live in a perfect world. No, homeschooling in the traditional mode won’t work for everyone – and I say so repeatedly in books and articles. However, private forms of education of which there are many WILL work for everyone. These include private schooling, homeschool groups, tutoring, and other variations of the standardly thought-of one parent/their children as students model. Homeschool groups not only cost less than homeschooling privately, but they spread the cost and the responsibility between numerous parents so that each one is provided more time to pursue work and other requirements while still fully homeschooling. It does work – I did it, and millions of others do. In the end, Bridget, our children are important enough to us that we make the needed sacrifices – unlike too many parents who drop their kids off at school as convenient “baby sitting” (very dangerous for the child, given the amount of abuse occurring), thinking it’s “free” (at between $12,000-$27,000 per student paid by the taxpayer, amount dependent upon the public school district being attended.)

    As to responsibility, teachers supposedly taught each generation, did they not? They certainly claim they did, and claim they should be respected and well-paid for the “hard work”. We are the result of their teaching, they claim. Then they most certainly are responsible for any decline in any nation where they exist, and in fact – directly responsible per their own claims. You’re right, they are not solely responsible. But they taught the bankers, stock brokers, et al. (By the way, Bridget – pastors? With CEOs and bankers? Really? I don’t think so.) The buck stops at the desk with the apples on it. Didn’t the evil queen in Snow White have apples, too?

    Nice that you don’t disagree that “some changes” are needed. You’re a teacher, aren’t you? You certainly write like someone who is paid (paid well) to teach, and who sees her job threatened. “Some changes”? Per the Dept of Education’s 2004 report, between 6-10% of all public school children will be sexually abused by teachers or public school staff. Per a 2010 report, over 40% of all students say they are harassed in school each year. The system is not simply broken, it is corrupt and its results and cost are a devastation. But then – no teacher would agree with that, would they, Bridget? And few parents who need to feel “right” about sending a child to public school can confront the truths in this issue.

    There are over 6 millions homeschoolers in the U.S. today and the number grows very quickly each month. It already IS working nationwide. It will work better, as will the country, when we stop tossing away over $550 BILLION a year to public schools with enormous drop-out rates and soul and mind-killing results.


  11. Bridgit says:

    Nope David, you guessed wrong! I am NOT a teacher. Social work is my background and currently,am a director for a small community non- profit.

    You can throw all the negative statistics at me that you want. I don’t have to read them, I have personally walked the trenches with children and parents alike. Sexual abuse isn’t only in the schools and if like you argue, that there will be homeschooling groups within five years… there will be sexual abuse there as well. Same with bullying.

    I still say the problem lies with parenting and not the education system. Children many times repeat what they hear and see at home. Sexual, physical and verbal abuse goes on it homes!! That will never change, whether it is still public or becomes all private. And homeschooling won’t work either because of the break down of families. That David, is where the real misfortunate of our country lies! My personal belief is that problems in our Nation are not a direct result of public education. However, you and I will just have to agree to disagree.

    Perhaps you should also spend some time in researching the positives of public education. You might be surprised what you find out!

    I actually have a sense of empathy for you tonight. You have such a hatred for teachers. And I for one had many teachers who over the years influenced me greatly. Also, our five children graduated from public schools and all had positive role models. They are good people and care about those they teach. I will be the first to admit it wasn’t 100% positive, but nothing ever is. NOT even homeschooling.

    Keep my contact information and in five years, catch up with me. We will see where education and our nation is then.
    ~b

  12. Bridgit,

    My name is not David, it’s Steven. You really must learn to read a piece more carefully before responding to it. But then, you said that facts don’t interest you.

    Social workers have, of course, the same essential educative background and training (unfortunately) as teachers, and use many of the same failed tools and methods to “handle” children. I knew many teachers who became social workers, and vice-versa. You’re far too close to what a teacher is today to make the claim of objectivity.

    I do not need to “research” the “positives” – I TAUGHT in public school. I have walked the school trenches for decades. I saw first hand too many times how most teachers treat their students, and how they truly feel about them. I have seen the true agenda spelled out by teachers and administrators too many times – keep the money coming. And lady, the numbers don’t lie – the amount of abuse taking place in public schools is a human epidemic. These people are the “swell” teachers you extol – the very people social workers should protect children from.

    Do your job, Bridget – protect children and families. If you did, you would rapidly move to my side of the argument. But you won’t.

    Yes, the breakdown of families is terrible. Schools have heavily contributed to the breakdown of families in many ways, but I’m sure you won’t “see” it. In enforcing homework so that both the child and his poor parents are controlled by the schools agenda far beyond school hours, by stealing the child’s free time and freedom so he cannot in any way pursue his dreams, in labeling and negating children as schools and social workers specialize in…in all these ways and more, you people have done great harm to the family in America. Yes, Bridgit – you social workers AND teachers. And YES, there are some (rare) fine teachers in the system – but they know that they are completely hamstrung by the system – that they are delivering a lousy product – and yet they continue to accept those paychecks. So how good are they, really. They’re ruining lives. They’re certainly not good PEOPLE.

    We are not playing for the same team. I want children to win – you want the corrupt system to continue. You’re a part of the system, as a social worker. Our goals are mutually exclusive as the system currently works.

    You can’t truly be so deluded as to believe that public education will in some miraculous way improve in five years? It’s had since the 1860s in the U.S. to get it right and has steadily degraded, particularly over the past five decades! If you do believe it then you’re simply and wildly wrong, and you refuse to look at facts. But you said that you don’t need to have any facts or statistics, they don’t interest you, so there we have it.

    I won’t need your contact info, Bridgit. Five years from now, I hope public schools are being shut down. If not, the country will simply have dug itself deeper into a growing pit of illiteracy, unemployment and the rest of the destructive results of education public education today. People like you will have made it possible.

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