Kentucky Education: Throwing Money At Problems

I spoke with a peer this morning. She knows I don’t watch TV, so she told me about the latest American Idol show… which donated money to needy causes. Alongside the starving children in Africa and disease causes, she said that there were also funds being funneled to Kentucky education.

Now, I realize that there MAY be schools with less than 200 books total, as she reported, but I get angry that this state is seen as needy when my own children come home from school and tell me that since it was Friday, they not only didn’t have testing, and not only were they not assigned any homework, but they also didn’t have class.

My teenage son (who attends Russell County High School in Russell County, Kentucky) spent his Friday in school watching movies (not educational ones, unless you consider Monsters, Inc., educational for a 17-year-old) and playing cards.

Being a mature, responsible and (frankly) a parent’s dream as a teenage son (those of you out there with terror-teens can begin being jealous now), he had offered to stay home and help me packing for our impending move. He told me that they wouldn’t be doing anything in class anyway, and he didn’t want me to do all the work alone. (Nice, huh?)

He’s been regaling me with the tales of his two hours of testing in the mornings and the rest of the day being “free time” since CATS testing started a week ago. I had sent him to school anyway, like a responsible parent, and told him to try to learn something… anything.

So when I hear that our fair state is being targeted for needy funds… I get angry.

I told my friend… we don’t need more funds, we need more education. We need teachers who actually TEACH for the WHOLE school year. I went through the same bends last year when I wanted Byron to go to Colorado a week earlier than school ended and was rejected by the principal of Russell County High School.

So, I’ll now be making a move at the end of the school year, and trying to juggle how to keep the kids in school here for babysitting (so the school system can collect funds for the honor of holding my children hostage without offering anything valuable to them in exchange for the time served) and so that they aren’t flunked for absenteeism — these are my honor roll children, btw.

I can’t wait to get them into the Fayette County School System — where they might (just maybe) have the opportunity to actually LEARN during school hours. And where the taxes I pay to this state might actually be put to use to educate my children.

What a novel concept!