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I know that the money is becoming more of a problem in recent years, but the problems with public education go way back, and are a big part of why money is not available for paying good teachers. When tax dollars that are intended to go toward paying for supplies and paychecks, instead go political ads and feel-good programs (not to mention wasted money on poorly thought out programs like giving iPads to students), things are only going to get worse. Believe it or not, the teachers share a big part of the responsibility for this happening. When politics take precedent over knowledge, you are on the wrong path. Let me give a more recent example of this.

Every year, I encouraged my children to participate in the school science fair. Back when I was in school, the science fair was a serious competition that carried to a regional, state, then national level. It was not the joke it is today. I insisted that my children work on a project that involves real scientific research and understanding. They were not allowed to "see which chewing gum lost its flavor first" (the most common project I saw every year, even at the High School level). Every year, my children had fun learning a scientific concept, writing a summary report, and building an interactive display. Every year, my children were passed over, and not added to the school's public display.

One year, my middle school daughter told me that she really wanted to be chosen for the public display that year, and asked me what she could do. I told her that she would be doing two science projects. One that she would submit to the school, and one that she would submit to me. For her school project, I told her to scour the internet for pictures of birds and animals covered in oil, and pictures of ships on the ocean surrounded by oil slick. She then put these pictures all over her display board with a title of "Cleaning up oil spills". She then had a dish of water with cooking oil poured on top, and a toy boat floating in it. Then strips of makeup removal cotton rolled into bails, and forming a barrier between the oil and a far end of the dish with a rubber ducky floating in it. That was all; no report, no write-up, no evidence of any kind of scientific research or use of scientific method. She turned it in, and was unanimously voted for the "Teacher's Choice Award" by all of the school's teachers, and was placed in the front row of projects for the public display.

The project she turned in to me was an analysis of the comments and responses she got from her teachers, a conjecture as the the psychology involved, and her personal comparison of projects selected from her class vs. not selected, along with their educational worth. She, herself, concluded that practically none of the projects of worth were selected, and only those who's displays were colorful or struck an emotional nerve went on to the public display. She also included in her report how empty she felt when they called her to the front of the school assembly to give her the "Teacher's Choice Award". I made sure to give her the "Dad's Choice Award" for her second project (earned mean eye roll followed by a giggle).

On a side note, When I went through the school's science fair, I counted 8 chewing gum projects and 14 projects with hand drawn depictions of unrealistic/useless futuristic "inventions" that students said they wanted to build if they new how. Out of a total of about 60 projects on display, only one had any scientific merit, and showed ball bearings being accelerated along a rail by a series of magnets.

Just one example of the general disregard for actual education in favor of emotions and politics within the public school system.

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