Don’t spend too much on education
I agree that politics should never be included in education. The inherent problem with politics is the ever-changing nature of public opinion. Preparing children to be a part of society, to join the workforce, and to participate as a citizen is at least a thirteen year process. On the other hand, may I suggest that people take a peek at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools if they want to see the exact opposite of what is happening in South Carolina schools.
Yes, I graduated from Harding High School in 1985. I have seen every failed educational “experiment” and “fad” from city-wide busing to race quotas. In fact, Harding High School was supposed to have a guitar lab because it would promote “social harmony” amongst students. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools have spent billions (not millions) of dollars in tax money. It is no doubt part of the reason that North Carolina cities have higher tax rates than their South Carolina counterparts.
Don’t get me wrong. Everyone loves a good social program. Liberals love social programs, too. My question is where did all the money go? Why do teacher’s unions only give money to Democrats? If public schools are so great, why are private schools not keeping up with the demand for their services? Where did all the stimulus money go that was supposed to help teachers?
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South Carolina should be commended for not following the national trend. The rate of spending for education (or any other government service) should never outpace the tax revenue. By definition, a conservate wants to “converse” your tax dollars. A liberal wants to use your tax dollars “liberally”. If you want to spend more on education, come to North Carolina. People here would be happy to take more of your hard-earned money.