Asa parent with two parents as public school teachers,a brother who teaches at a middle school in Tigard, and grandparents onbothsides of my family who were also teachers, this sometimes can be atouchysubject. But, you know what? Ibelieve what we are doing for our kids is the right thing.
Schools today try to teachto a test or to the dumbestkid in the class, so they don’tmakecertain kids feel bad about themselves. This basically makes our smartchildrendumber and does nothing for the kids who really need just some one onone help.
But, that isn’treally what this post is about. This post is about thebudget cuts proposed by ourstate and how this could affect our kids in the public school systemthat alreadyseems to be failing them.
Our government says theyneed to cut teachers salaries,or cut certain programs, in order to make the budget in the next twoyears. This is where even my 10year old daughter can domath well enough to figure out something doesn’t sound right.She wanted toknow where the money was going.
You see, inOregon, each school getsapproximately $10,000 per child per year.That comes to $25,000 dollars amonth when you multiply that by a classroom of 25 kids and then divideit by 12months. The average teacher in Oregon, with benefits package, onlymakes about$51,000 on average, according to the Oregon School Board Association.
So, let’s do themath here….
25 kids x $12,000 = $300,000
$300,000 - $51,000 = $249,000
Now, I went to college andbooks cost a lot per year… So let us sayeach kid gets $1,000 worth of booksper year.
$249,000 - $25,000 = $224,000
I’m even going toadd in $2,000 per student per yearfor bus drivers, electricity and water.
$224,000 - $50,000 = $174,000
My 10 year old- “Mom, Dad, doesn’t itonly cost you about $3000 to teach all of us, including the cost ofbooks peryear?”
Me - “Well, Yes,that is correct. It only costs us about$3,500 for all of you, andthat includes memberships to things like OMSI, The Oregon Zoo, and thesportsprograms for you every year.”
Daughter –“So, where does the rest of that money gothen?”
Me – “Well child, thatwould be the$64,000 question and the samereason we keep you out of public schools. DoI want people teaching you that can need more supervisors than they doteachersto do the same thing”
You see, myattitude is my kids are verywell educated and I’veseen many public school kids that are also very welleducated. But what I’ve noticed is, it’s those kidsthat have parent help andinteraction in their lives.
I would like to see thepublic school system go backto the days were they had 20 kids, one class room and one teacher whotaughteverything, like my wife does with mykids. We don’t need principals, we just need teachers thathave the right todiscipline kids when they misbehave and give them the freedom to teachinsteadof indoctrinate.
Todd Clark (Principal Broker)