Rising costs at Newton's school
posted at 1/18/2008 8:50 AM EST
It truly amazes me how much emphasis parents place on building shrines for their kid's education. Nothing but the best, no expense spared. The design and architectural fees are exorbitant enough - then you have to build it. Show me a public building project that doesn't have its share of shoddy work and poor construction that is a result of poor management, indifference, and irresponsibility. There is simply no accountability when it comes to building these things.
Look, it's a classroom. Your kid goes in, spends time in a class, then leaves and goes to another classroom. In addition to classrooms, throw in a few amenities like auditoriums, gymnasium, and a cafeteria, and that's it. Quite simple, really. But nooooooooo, everything has to be the best.
When it comes to classrooms, even the best colleges in the world are pretty spartan. You have a room, some chairs and a desk for the instructor. My college 30 years ago had old wooden chairs with a small platform built-in to write on a notebook (oddly, all right-handed). 30 years later, I bet they have those same chairs. You know why? Because that's all you need.
OK, parents you have a choice. Spend your money on a big ol' shrine, or spend your money where it counts - on good teachers and educational programs. Either one or the other. But, if you build the shrine, don't come running back a few years later crying that we need a tax hike to support the shrine, or teachers will have to be laid off. Sorry, no tax hike, you made your choice.