Saturday, May 17, 2008

How Much Education Costs

"The U.S. has stopped dealing honestly with difficult and complex problems."

The above quotation taken from Bob Herbert's column.  Herbert discusses at length the truly inadequate job our public high schools are doing.  Nowhere does he mention the inability of the providers of public high schools to provide sufficient funds.  Of course, it all goes back to the unwillingness or inability of taxpayers to properly fund public education.

Recently, I had occasion to look into the true cost of a good education. An excellent private high school costs $31,000 a year for tuition, books and lunches. Public schools cost the tax payers an average of $6,000 a year.

No wonder our public high schools are doing such a poor job.

One also has to recognize that because of the enormous demand for private school education, in spite of the high fees, the schools can be and in fact are, highly selective in the students they accept. Also, because the students are superb, teachers are eager to work in the private schools, so there also great selectivity is exercised.

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