The judges tried to disparage the problem of any budget deficit by calling it a “self-imposed fiscal dilemma.” The judges essentially told the Kansas Legislature to ignore its large deficit and spend another half billion dollars on public schools.
Under-achievement by students is not primarily caused by a lack of money, but by the kids’ inability to read. Testimony quoted by the Supreme Court demonstrated that many teachers at failing school simply “don’t know how to teach children to read and write.” Teaching a child to become a good reader based on phonics is really easy. It requires only an inexpensive book and some effort by a teacher or parent. I suggest that schools do a test. Divide the first grade in half; then teach half the kids by old-fashioned phonics and the other half by the so-called progressive method of memorizing a few one-syllable words. At the half year, compare the reading scores of the two groups and you will know which method works and which does not.
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