Newstalk 1130’s Mark Belling had a compelling and rather blunt (is that surprising?) segment on his program last Friday about school spending.
I loved it. A lot of suburbanites who can’t get enough when their school boards go all referendum crazy will not.
In case you missed it, here’s what Belling said:
I rail against this ludicrous amount of money we spend in suburbs on school building infrastructure.
It’s obscene what’s being done in some communities.
Oconomowoc, they had to close a school today because the kids all seemed to be having carbon monoxide poisoning.
Spend $100 million on a referendum and the kids are still getting poisoned by the buildings.
I am adamantly opposed to making physical infrastructure any type of priority at all in education.
Making it a priority is about the dumbest thing you can do in education, short of, the dumbest thing of all is the elimination of discipline in so many of these schools.
Building these Taj Mahals and these lavish buildings.
It’s just a waste of money. It’s just a way for taxpayers to get an incredible money from the state and then raise their local taxes so they can brag to the neighbor community ‘look at our building!’
It means virtually nothing in terms of the quality of education.
If you’d spend more time on the crapola curriculums you have in some of your schools, if you’d spend more of your time focusing on the poisonous decision to eliminate grading systems in some of your schools, if you’d focus on the fact they are way too easy with soft grades in their schools, if you’d focus on them spending way too much time doing ideologizing in the schools, on an on and on it goes all way more important than farting away 25, 30, 35 million on a high school.
Belling’s remarks were part of a larger commentary on the growth of choice schools and the age of a school building meaning little when it comes to student performance.
Here’s the link to the podcast. You might have to register. The pertinent discussion begins at 37:10. Stay with it until after the commercial break.