In Brazil Indicates Why It Is More Important Than Ever to Invest in Education moi said:
Goldman Sucks a/k/a Goldman Sachs and the rest of the cash sluts and credit crunch weasels have devastated not only the U.S. economy, but they have trashed the world economic system. Unfortunately, we the people have joined in the party and stupidly followed a snake oil salesman, while thinking we could still keep our bennies. In In Many Western States The Trifecta of Idiocy Is Destroying Education At All Levels I said….
Alexi Barrionuevo has a must read article in the New York Times for those who argue that a strong education system is necessary for a strong economy.
In Educational Gaps Limit Brazil’s Reach Barrionuevo reports:
One of Brazil’s least educated presidents — Mr. da Silva completed only the fourth grade — soon became one of its most beloved, lifting millions out of extreme poverty, stabilizing Brazil’s economy and earning near-legendary status both at home and abroad.
But while Mr. da Silva has overcome his humble beginnings, his country is still grappling with its own. Perhaps more than any other challenge facing Brazil today, education is a stumbling block in its bid to accelerate its economy and establish itself as one of the world’s most powerful nations, exposing a major weakness in its newfound armor.
“Unfortunately, in an era of global competition, the current state of education in Brazil means it is likely to fall behind other developing economies in the search for new investment and economic growth opportunities,” the World Bank concluded in a 2008 report.
Over the past decade, Brazil’s students have scored among the lowest of any country’s students taking international exams for basic skills like reading, mathematics and science, trailing fellow Latin American nations like Chile, Uruguay and Mexico.
Brazilian 15-year-olds tied for 49th out of 56 countries on the reading exam of the Program for International Student Assessment, with more than half scoring in the test’s bottom reading level in 2006, the most recent year available. In math and science, they fared even worse….
But the nation’s educational shortcomings are leaving many Brazilians on the sidelines. More than 22 percent of the roughly 25 million workers available to join Brazil’s work force this year were not considered qualified to meet the demands of the labor market, according to a government report in March.
“In certain cities and states we have a problem hiring workers, even though we do have employment,” said Márcio Pochmann, president of the Institute for Applied Economic Research, the government agency that produced the March report. Earlier estimates showed that tens of thousands of jobs went unclaimed because there were not enough qualified professionals to fill them.
Unless that gap is filled soon, Brazil may miss its “demographic window” over the next two decades in which “the economically active population is at its peak,” the World Bank said.
Brazil illustrates why it is important for this state and country to invest in education.
For a really good explanation of country rankings go to the Alliance for Education’s Determining Where the U.S. Ranks In Education
There will not be a good quality of life for most citizens without a strong education system.
Does anyone really think the latest phony initiative from the snake oil purveyor who makes a darn good living out of destroying the political system is going to do anything but produce the kind of gridlock which has crippled California and destroyed their education system? Thought so.
One of the major contributors to poverty in third world nations is limited access to education opportunities. Without continued sustained investment in education in this state, we are the next third world country. See, Superintendent Randy Dorn’s Seattle Times opinion piece, Now Is the Time to Redouble Committment to Education Funding
In education circles around the state, three major issues are being debated: Whether we are serious about funding and living up to what our state constitution says is our “paramount duty”; how to define education “reform” and “accountability”; and what is the meaning of a high-school diploma.
As we head into a difficult 2011 legislative session, I will do my best to seek compromise, to build consensus and to speak for all students. Here is where I stand:
• Funding. Since I took office in January 2009, expected funding has been cut by $1.9 billion. My highest priority in 2011 will be to avoid further deep cuts in education.
Times are hard, but now is the time to recommit to education, not to run away from it. Further cuts will eliminate teachers, principals, paraprofessionals and other educational-support professionals. That will lead to fewer students getting individualized help. It will put students most at risk even further behind. It will hurt Washington state for years to come.
• Reform and accountability. In 2010, I worked closely with the state Legislature to pass Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 6696. The bill — the first of its kind in a generation — establishes an accountability system for schools with falling test scores and creates new teacher and principal evaluation systems partially based on student performance. This bill is a major step in the right direction, and I will be working closely with school districts as they begin to implement these reforms.
• High-school diplomas. I am proud that, as of this school year, Washington is one of just 24 states that require testing as part of graduation requirements. But I am concerned by the high failure rates in our math and science exams and what that will mean for students in the class of 2013, the first to be required to pass state exams in four subjects.
In January, I will introduce legislation to alter our new math and science graduation requirements. My reason, simply put, is fairness.
Superintendent Dorn is simply providing a blueprint to help this state remain competitive.
World Poverty.Org lists some Solutions to World Poverty
3. The more urgent priorities.
In poorer countries ;
Improving supplies of clean water, to reduce time spent gathering often foul water and reduce illness caused by foul water supplies.
Improving the supply of accessible, affordable health care information and services, to reduce the vulnerability to disease of children and the elderly especially.
Improving the training and equipment of farmers in poor countries related to agriculture and natural resource management, to help increase crop yields and conserve the environment.
In richer countries ;
Improving the quality of education for poor children and education opportunities and incentives.
Improving opportunities and incentives for poor young females to have children only when they can assure their wellbeing.
Improving work opportunities and incentives for the poor so they can provide well for themselves and their families..
As countries move beyond survival, then then availability of education access becomes increasingly important. Some ideas may sound great in theory, but in the real world where humans often make tough choices that affect other people, not them and theirs, the ideas turn out to be absolutely horrible. Education is enshrined in the Washington State Constitution as a “Paramount Duty.” Given some of the funding choices that just isn’t so.
UW economics professor, Dick Startz has an article in Crosscut which sounds rational, so why not do it. BUT, in the real world the effect would probably be to limit access to higher education to all but the very affluent. In A Radical Proposal for Funding Public Colleges Startz opines:
I’d like to propose a radical but simple restructuring of higher education finance to redirect limited resources toward the most important charge: students. Here are the components of the proposal:
1. The four-year college and university portion of the higher education budget of the state should be eliminated completely, and the funds released would be used in their entirety to provide scholarships to Washington students, to be used at any four-year Washington public college or university of their choice.
2. The four four-year colleges and two research universities would continue to be public institutions with governing boards appointed by the governor and with graduate program approval remaining with the Higher Education Coordinating (HEC) Board, but most other supervision would be eliminated. Specifically, tuition and scholarship policies would be entirely in the hands of each institution.
One reason for this proposal is that, in a time of limited resources, students are best served by putting choices in the hands of students and their families. Competition for students will help generate innovation and efficiency. While scholarship levels may differ among students, reflecting academic merit and financial need, scholarships would not differ according to the institution attended. (The student gets the grant, not the college.) More expensive institutions, like the University of Washington, where the state scholarships would not fully cover costs, would have to compete by providing a more desirable product and additional sources of scholarship support.
Problem is, when the going gets tough there is no guarantee of state funding for needy students. William Dow of the University of Washington Daily reports on plans to delay payment of the state need grant.
In the article, Gregoire Suggest Delaying State Need Grant Funding to UW Dow reports:
In order to remedy a $1.2 billion shortfall plaguing Olympia this fiscal year, and a $5.7 billion deficit for 2011-13, Gov. Chris Gregoire suggested last Tuesday the state might need to delay financial-aid funding for the State Need Grant for spring quarter.
The delay would save the state a reported $76 million this year, and would delay payments to schools for State Need Grant money for spring quarter until July 1, 2011, rather than earlier.
Though the move would likely have little direct effect on recipients of State Need Grant funding, it would require the UW to balance its budgets despite potentially losing millions of dollars of revenue for spring quarter this year. In the meantime, the UW would have to provide the equivalent of tuition waivers to those using the State Need Grant.
The state would still be on the hook for the $76 million it might postpone, meaning that although it could be dropped off the budget for this fiscal year, it would have to be made up next year.
Director of State Relations Margaret Shepherd said in an interview Sunday that the UW administration hasn’t yet had a chance to crunch the numbers of Gregoire’s proposal, but did say the delay would “in essence, work like a budget cut in the current fiscal year…
Shepherd said the proposal likely won’t hurt students, but puts universities depending on State Need Grant funding in a tougher spot.
“I believe the governor’s plan seeks to hold the students harmless, but how we would do that at the university level is yet to be determined.”
The funding slight of hand gimmicks have begun. That is why Startz’s proposals will probably reduce education access in the real world. This society has to ask whether it is so demoralized by the machinations of the cash sluts and credit crunch weasels that it is ready to become the newest third world nation.
I hope that Speaker Chopp hangs tough on this one. We need a system of public education which is public and educates the greatest number regardless of talented students ability to pay.
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