Education Stimulus Package Versus State Cuts in Education

by: EJ on 03/27/2009
Posted in: Education

With the first round of money allocated to the American education stimulus package due to arrive on the doorsteps of state and local schools any day, squabbles erupt as to the best use of this money. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan addressed the concern of misuse of funds in a recent interview with Education Week.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided $115 billion to support education, most of it through the Federal Education Department. Almost two-thirds of the money is flowing through state governments, either in the form of increases in aid for disadvantaged students, in special education funds, or in state stabilization dollars for local school districts' budgets.

As administrators scramble for dollars to feed the monstrous education machine, one has to stop and ponder. Is this the best use of all this money? As with the auto industry, could it be that we are not approaching this issue in the right way?

John Taylor Gatto, author of Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher's Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling, describes the American education system as a "...master corporation bleeding resources from the productive economy in a parasitic relationship...". He recently spoke at the 2009 New Hampshire Liberty Forum in Nashua, New Hampshire explaining what is wrong with our present system and how we might go about changing it. You can view his complete speech on Book TV on C-Span 2.

Weapons of Mass Instruction presents John Taylor Gatto's full analysis of American education and his concept of open source learning.

Weapons of Mass Instruction

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