At BITEME.ME,we have been covering education news for some time, and our loyal readers have been clamoring* to know just where we stand on this important issue. Here then is where we at BITEME stand on some key education policies:
- We’re pro-testing. The only way to measure the success of our students and our schools is through objective testing.
- We’re pro-tracking. Teaching homogenous classes is more efficient than teaching heterogeneous ones.
- We’re pro-teacher. Vilifying the teachers or their unions won’t make the schools better. (We’re also pro-management. Management must set objectives and policies, provide resources and help the teachers do their jobs.)
- We’re anti-voucher. We don’t actually have any facts for this, but we think that the conservative Heritage Foundation is behind the movement for school vouchers because they see it as a way to get taxpayer funding for religious schools.
- We’re anti–social promotion. We think a diploma should attest to a student’s academic achievement.
- We’re anti–student loans. Government-funded student loans have inflated the cost of tuition.
- We’re pro–free state colleges. A free college education helps a state’s citizens become smarter and more employable, and the cost to the taxpayers is reasonable.
We think this is a pretty satisfying list. Conservatives will hate numbers 3, 4, and 7. Liberals will hate numbers 1, 2, 5, and 6. We must be doing something right.
*= in our dreams