I have many educational blogs loaded into Google Reader. Most of them present interesting uses of technology in curricula. I find many of the ideas revolutionary and many that seem to push technology just because its technology.
Today I happened to find a post at Eduwonk, which is one of the more popular education blogs out there, whose title; President’s Budget…It’s Not That It Is Small, It’s That It Thinks Small; caught my attention.
President Bush is preparing the budget for next year and each sect is dissecting what pertains to it. As Eduwonk points out, the federal education budget is not small. Spending on education during Bush’s tenure has been astronomical compared to any other administration. There will be those who say one can always spend more, that compared to defense, the ED budget is a pittance, etc., but most reasonable folks acknowledge that a lot of tax dollars have been sunk into education.
The complaint, it seems is:
Rather, the critique I’d level is that this budget is pretty unimaginative. There are plenty of little initiatives but where are the big ideas on par with the scale of the problem?
Wow! Talk about nit-picking. The budget is unimaginative. Hmmm . . .
Increases for Title I are nice, and trying to put a bit more into the Teacher Incentive Fund is fine, too,
That sounds like a call for more money to me.
But what about some big investments in creating new public schools*, R and D, or really attacking the human capital problem? Sort of a snoozer on those issues and they’re hardly minor issues.
More and more spending is called for here.
One juxtaposition worth nothing, the growing emphasis on school improvement is good albeit overdue, but flat funding IDEA is not. Funding IDEA is a good way to free up some funds at the local level.
It sounds like despite the big budget, not enough money is being spent and until it is, Bush is unimaginative. Nice critique there folks.
How come I never hear educators ask for the federal government to butt out of education? Considering the Constitution explicitly states that those rights not reserved for the federal government are reserved to the states. The Tenth Amendment states:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Look through the US Constitution. Nowhere will education be found. As per the Tenth Amendment, that right is reserved to the states. Think of all the money that would be freed if the federal Education Department were abolished. President Bush is requesting $56 billion for next year! It’s too bad educators eschew the law of the land in a pure money grab.