Recently, local news outlets have reported on school districts having difficulty balancing their budgets, or having a shortage of substitute teachers.
It’s time we move our education system into the 21st century, think outside the box, as some would say, and move education to cyberschooling, all done at home on a computer. The state could buy each student a new computer each year, if need be, and furnish schooling or lessons via cyber. All students in the state would be taught with the same lesson plan; those who have a higher IQ or understanding could advance faster without waiting for those who can’t or are less inclined.
The monetary advantages of this system would be, but not limited to, no brick and mortar buildings, no salaries, no health insurance, no pensions, no busing, no “ Go Buckets,” no sports expenses. Also, there would be no concern about class ranking, no concerns about threats made to the district and no teacher union influence on government/elections.
What private industry could produce product for only 180 days a year, have any inferior product and still be in business? Today you would be hard pressed to find a successful farmer who would be willing to trade in his tractor and go back to the original horse power, because it’s called progress, a better and more efficient way to do things.
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Isn’t it time we have a drastic change in our education system?
Dale G. Forbes, Spring Creek