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April 21, 2013

Michigan School Performance

In the Detroit Free Press Editorial on April 21, 2013 titled Michigan's Public Education System Getting Schooled By Other States on education it says

"Edtrust suggests rethinking the school funding formula in a big way, focusing on getting more money to successful programs, and weighting funding to provide more resources, not fewer, to schools that serve at-risk kids."

This gets back to funding. If you do what Entrust suggest where does the funds come from? Either more revenues are needed or funds are taken from the schools in the middle.

We need to stop talking and get serious. Our society demands both parents work outside of the home. That means there is less time for the parents to spend with their child on education. This is exasperated by the number of single parent households and poverty. Snyder is right in wanting to focus on preschool and early school education and this will cost more money; there is no way around it.

We need smaller class sizes in pre-school through the sixth grade. We also need teacher aides so the teachers are not spread too thin; perhaps one aide for every seven students. We should further supplement the learning experience by hiring high performing high school students to be mentors to the younger students. These mentors can fill part of the void created by families having the need to have two breadwinners.

These youth mentors could help with homework and at the same time provide a role model. At the same time it would provide the mentor with some extra spending money. We need to stop looking at education as an expense and look at it as an investment. We know we need to fix our roads. Let's fix our education. There is no wiser investment.

If we fail the millennial generation may be the first generation since at least World War II to face the prospect that they live in a country that will not be the wealthiest financially, the strongest militarily, and the most respected globally.
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