How would YOU spend $20 million in education?

How would YOU spend $20 million in education?

- in Features, Grumpy Educators, Tech

What would you do with $20 million to spend on education? If you were a tech provider you would fill the schools with devices which you think will anticipate their every need and expose them to the knowledge of the planet. Apparently the school district of Philadelphia PA thought that was a great idea so they have a resolution to be voted on on February 15th to spend $20 million on on-line education and student data collection.

However, if you are an average parent, you might have different ideas about how best to spend that money.

Allison McDowell took to the celebratory streets of Philly during the Superbowl victory parade to ask people what they would spend that money on in their school district if they were in charge. Their answers, you will see, are very different from the school board’s.

Highlights from the video [for those who don’t have 6.5 minutes to spend watching)

  • Reducing class size. Our classrooms are like 30 kids
  • Sports and Music
  • Teacher salaries
  • The Arts
  • Books
  • Structure of the buildings
  • Opening more schools. They closed down all the public schools and let the charters come in and its hard to get your kids in those schools because they have lotteries[…]

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