Sunday, July 22, 2012
Decentralize Schools for Success
Comparing the USA and Finland demographics is like comparing apples and oranges. I am not in favor of Educational programs centralized with the Federal Government as in Finland, and in the USA to some extent. The more decentralized your schools are, the better. Home Schooling in USA is the best example of decentralized success. Then comes voucher education where parents are given grants or vouchers and choose which public, private or parochial school they wish their children to go to. Then comes charter schools where the unions have less control and the teachers are highly motivated to innovate new education techniques. In last place is the traditional consolidated public school system which we have now. Trying to improve things in a traditional consolidated public school system, where the teacher's unions are in control is fruitless. The results are higher local school taxes, less economic activity moving in, less school population, closing of schools, more higher taxes, and on and on. That is what we have now in Ulster and Dutchess counties and NY State. Think decentralization. Think lots of independent schools paid for by parental school vouchers. You will have involved parents who are carefully choosing the correct schools for their children. You will have lots of teaching jobs for our unemployed college graduates who want to be teachers. You will have lower school taxes, and you will have companies wanting to come and locate in Ulster and Dutchess counties again.