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  1. 3 days ago on Luann

    @Pipe Tobacco >> Charter schools are the bane…

    I understand your feelings, but the math doesn’t work.

    Any non-public school that takes kids and is subsidized or paid for from the public school budget, anywhere in the U.S. at least, receives less per kid than the public schools spend per kid.

    That means there is more per kid left for the public schools to spend without raising taxes. Trust me with arithmetic; I might have had only 1 course in Biology, but I’ve had a lot of Math courses, including 3 in Calculus.

    The only disadvantages to public schools of diverting kids and (some of the) money are that it inhibits empire-building, and there’s the possibility of cherry-picking. When public school authorities make the math-based argument whose math doesn’t work that you cited, they’re apparently counting on their audience having attended public school. They’re really upset that it inhibits their empire-building. If you want to know why teachers’ pay is not great, look at how much is siphoned off to pay administrators; it’s scandalous, in most districts.

    P.S. Teachers’ pay, in most of the U.S., is at least as much as those same individuals could earn doing anything else, at least after several years of teaching. They always compare their pay with what they imagine doctors, lawyers and engineers make. I’ve taken enough Engineering and Education courses to say, without any doubt, that 90-95% of teachers wouldn’t last 5 minutes as Engineering majors. And I don’t think their chances of getting into Law or Medical school would be any better.

  2. 3 days ago on Luann

    I even taught A.P. Bio for 1 semester, despite my protests, when initially asked about it, that I didn’t know enough Biology to do it.

  3. 3 days ago on Luann

    @grumpypuppy13 >> Unless someone is fully qualified in all areas, they shouldn’t teach…

    You just invalidated 90% or more of public school teachers. When I taught in a public high school (the only kind of U.S. public school where teachers have to be well-qualified in any area), according to the vagarities of certification in my state, I was considered “well-qualified” to teach Biology, though I had taken only 10th-grade Biology, decades earlier.

    In classes in the (well-regarded) Education department where I took some classes, I was often shocked at the lack of basic (Math, English, History, Science) knowledge and skills the other students demonstrated. And they all got A’s in the Education courses.

    I would be very surprised if the average home-schooling parent wasn’t well above the average middle-school teacher in all 4 core areas. (And far above the average elementary school teacher.)

    And today, there are things like Khan Academy that, frankly, do a better job than most public school teachers.

  4. 3 days ago on Luann

    It’s good filler, though, don’t you think?

    Apparently, the author’s not in as much of a hurry as you are.

  5. 3 days ago on Working Daze

    After all, the original K-9 stayed on for decades, and even after his recent refurbishment, was still the original K-9.

  6. 3 days ago on Doonesbury

    BD also holds his beer cans that way. I think it’s just how GT draws characters holding beer cans. (P.S. I really enjoy your strip, too. (“Working Daze,” for the benefit of lurkers.)

  7. 4 days ago on Doonesbury

    He’s either the “best man,” or else “giving the bride away,” I forget which. The better candidates weren’t available on short notice. (From a few days ago.)

  8. 10 days ago on Doonesbury

    Self-knowledge is an important thing.


  9. 11 days ago on Working Daze

    Never heard of it.

    Trying to decide whether I should be disappointed, embarrassed, happy or smug about it.

  10. 11 days ago on Working Daze

    Another runner in the night.

    When I was a teenager, I thought Jimi was saying ‘scuse me while I kiss this guy. If I’d bought the album, I’d have seen it. But only hearing it…