Fancy schools not the answer

The quality of education is in the news again, with Government calling for millions of dollars of new spending.

Fancy schools and loads of professional administrators are not needed for a good education.

When I went to school in the 1940s and 1950s I was in rooms where a single teacher taught two, four, and as many as eight grades.

This was a great experience and never boring. Whenever I was done with my class work, I could listen to what the teacher was teaching the more senior grades. Needless to say, I received a quality education in those simple schools.

It has been shown repeatedly in the US, that increased spending does not improve education quality.

In fact, according to a recent report: ‘since 1970, inflation-adjusted per-pupil expenditures have increased more than 88 percent nationally, yet graduation rates have declined 4.6 percent since 1980. At the same time, scores on the SAT dropped by an average of nearly 23 points’.

Clearly, throwing money at schools and the education bureaucracy is not the solution.

What is needed are quality teachers who love the subjects they are teaching, and quality hard working students to receive that teaching.

Our problem is definitely not the lack of large, roomy classrooms, so throwing money there cannot solve it. We need to return to the older methods of teaching, which worked.

We need to trim down or eliminate the education bureaucracy and give our good teachers the freedom to teach and discipline their students. Learning is not easy and there is no way to make it easy. Learning can be fun, but it’s not easy.

When students come to school they must be prepared to sit down, pay attention, and work hard during the time they are there. If they cannot do this, they shouldn’t be there.

Slow, non functional students should never be allowed to slow down teaching for those who are eager to learn.

Gerry Miller