Yikes this thread has grown. I don't know where to begin.
America is supposed to be the home of religious tolerance, but instead I see moves in politics to remove religion completly. Happy holidays, y'all; may the deity of your choosing enlighten your chosen existence!
On the toyota/chevy debate
: I drive a divorce car, aka, a Kia, so I cannot contribute there.
On No child left behind
: It was good intentioned; HOWEVER, it does not solve all the problems facing education. It is very prescriptive without solutions. It seems to me that it makes students that are behind fall further behind; placing blame does not help. State tests requirements lower the quality of education. Something is definately getting left behind: instruction!
On cost of schooling
: I agree that it is not teachers' salaries costing money. I agree somewhat on the administrative issue. I see schools struggling to meet budget constraints while new office positions are being established. However, a school does need an administrative structure. Do we need 2 positions to manage attendance? Or 3 to run transportation? Probably not. One thing that I notice about teacher,s regardless of salary: with all the time they contribute to education, if they were a part of the business sector instead, they would be millionaires. Some grocery store managers make more than teachers, and they are in charge of vegetables where teachers are in charge of...well you see where I'm going with this.
I better quit before people stop calling me the drunken hillbilly....