Letters to the Editor

Education cuts

February 24, 2011


To the editor:

“Let’s cut funding for education” is the new mantra in the state of Kansas, if not the United States. After all, why should we educate our youth and prepare them for the technical future that awaits them when we can just hire a graduate from another country where they take education seriously and provide the funding required.

Why have music and art in the public schools when we can get all we want to see and hear from European or Asian artists on TV. Why learn a second language when business leaders and students from other countries can already speak two or three languages, including English. After all, if we properly fund education, we may have to roll back some of the tax breaks we have given to corporations and the upper income levels within the state of Kansas and the good old U.S. of A. Now we can’t have that, can we?


orangechubb 7 years, 3 months ago

Let's just keep spending money that we do not have. This is the new mantra.

jafs 7 years, 3 months ago

What we have is not a fixed amount.

And, it's also a matter of priorities - they just extended a $5 million subsidy for airline travel in Wichita, while cutting education, social services and the arts.

I'd rather fund those than airline travel.

Meatwad 7 years, 3 months ago

Meanwhile, we seem to have no problem spending $18 million for expanding the library and building a parking garage. Too bad that couldn't have gone toward education and saving neighborhood schools. We have money, we just spend it on the wrong things. Education should come before the library.

notanota 7 years, 3 months ago

We voted for that library, because it is a city funding issue, and we, as a community decided that we were willing to pay for a library expansion. We were not given a specific ballot on our statewide education spending priorities. In fact, the governor campaigned by saying he'd keep those services intact.

We do, in fact, have the money as a state. We just choose not to collect it.

Fossick 7 years, 3 months ago

"...we can just hire a graduate from another country where they take education seriously and provide the funding required."

'Taking education seriously' is exactly the correct solution, and yet the author makes a very America mistake: good education is not directly related to funding. In fact, every other OECD country spends less money per student per year than we do, and yet produces a better product than we do. Why is that?

It's because Americans take education 'seriously' by spending money on it, and others take education seriously by working hard to become educated.

notanota 7 years, 3 months ago

Arguing that other countries do not spend the same amount on education is not an argument that education spending does not matter. It is, however, an indication that spending is not the only factor in quality outcomes. I won't disagree with that at all. However, according to the most recent statistics I could find, Finland does, indeed, spend more of their GDP toward education than we do. http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/edu_edu_spe-education-spending-of-gdp They also have better outcomes.

Fossick 7 years, 3 months ago

How much money would it cost to buy everyone an 18 on the ACT, a score that 2/3 of college kids now earn? Is it possible to calculate? Is it even possible, with any amount of money, to do?

I would say the fact that no country spends as much as we do and yet provides a better product is an indication that spending is not even the most important factor in education, much less the only one.

TheLostKid 7 years, 1 month ago

It's too bad that there are people out there who quit paying child support for educating their own offspring, and then hide their assets, thus requiring the state to sue them for fraud and then garnish their wages in order to keep their obligations to educating those directly related to them. Imagine how much tax-payer money could be saved if people like that simply held their end of the bargain up. All that money could be put to educating others then.

Funny world, this.

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