Don, in the U.S., most IT spending is covered mostly by federal and state money. Local school taxes
go almost exclusively to cover salaries and benefits. Administrators are often paid as well as high
corporate executives, and teachers have pay/benefit packages that far outstrip the average worker in
their districts (but are definitely less generous than the administrators). Due to lobbying by Apple
and Microsoft and the phone companies, technology has been sold as a panacea for education, indeed
mandated by some states (generally, gadgetry is provided but local districts must pay to train
people to use it and then to maintain it after it's been provided). Technology's "promise" has
vastly underwhelmed, kids are dumber than ever and it turns out that having a "smartboard" is
useless if you have a lousy teacher using it and/or the classroom is full of undisciplined,
-- Tom Fine
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> On 15/08/2013, Tom Fine wrote:
>> Hi Donald:
>> The only flaw in your logic is, school taxes are higher than ever.
>> Blame the bloated administrations, generous pay for the top dogs and
>> the teachers unions and their lush, lush contracts for starving all
>> manner of learning.
> I think the major cause of increased costs in education is IT. Computers
> need staff to maintain them, and new computers, printers, routers, etc
> have to be bought regularly. Typically, more is spent on software than
> on books.
> All this IT spending gets lumped under "administration".
>> Public education is funded to a record per-pupil
>> level in most districts in the U.S, and yet the quality of learning
>> experience is vastly inferior to decades ago. Money isn't the issue,
>> at all. It's priorities and values. Parenting is also terrible these
>> days, and no one -- at any level -- is willing to take responsibility
>> or enforce personal accountability. This is true in all levels of
>> society, we are truly a decadent nation right now.
> Don Cox
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