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(Slashdot)   Microsoft calls for $5BN investment into US education. Texas agrees, stating that'd build at least half a dozen high school football stadiums   (news.slashdot.org) divider line 13
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2012-09-28 03:11:58 PM  
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Mr. Eugenides: Because it isn't going to happen. The number of teachers, artists, architects etc far higher than the number of people who will win the genetic lottery and become professional athletes.


Actually, I think we should set aside a separate career path for professional athletes. They can be recruited at a young age, be trained to the pinnacle of physical fitness and provide entertainment and enjoyment for millions of people. At thirty, when the ravages of time start to take their toll and it's obvious they are no longer useful to society as individuals, we can render their lean muscle mass into high-end steaks, chops and hamburgers.
2012-09-28 03:57:36 PM  
2 votes:
Sigh, another "shortage of skilled workers" article. We've got a country full of people with science and engineering degrees delivering pizzas and manning call centers. There's a shortage all right - of patience and flexibility on the hiring side.
2012-09-28 03:20:01 PM  
2 votes:

give me doughnuts: A $60 million high school football stadium. In Texas, of course.


When I was a sophomore in college, a roomie of mine was from Midland. He said they spent more on rushing play-by-play photographs (non-digital, this was in 1990) to the coach for halftime strategy sessions than they did on the entire English Department at the high school.
2012-09-28 12:46:56 PM  
2 votes:

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Why you gotta pick on football? It's the only highschool sport that almost always pays for itself.


Yeah, after all, if high schools don't value athleticism over academic achievement, how are we going to show the geeks and nerds what their place in life is?

More seriously though, if high school football is almost paying for itself, can we separate it from the educational system entirely please? Perhaps remind these schools that they're supposed to be teaching kids to read rather than providing a farm system for College Football?
2012-09-28 11:22:16 AM  
2 votes:
Or a carpeted admin building with solid oak desks, large expensive video and audio systems, and posh lounge. Oh, and a state of the art training/field house.
2012-09-28 11:54:09 PM  
1 votes:

DrunkenBob: AmbassadorBooze: After watching the....

The school should claim guardianship of every child who doesn't want to go to school. They are then placed in a secure boarding school environment where access to outside is determined by academic attendance and accomplishments. Truancy and delinquencis punished by chaining them

I would agree in a perfect world. That is in effect how my mother handled homework for me. But she is the typical tiger mom. But, we live in a world of "compassion". However, I am already deep in negotion with two types of booze.

2012-09-28 07:56:40 PM  
1 votes:

Elephantman: [folkonfolks.com image 335x226]


That relation makes no sense. Why would you put an equals sign after an inequality. Bad math notation is bad.
2012-09-28 03:48:01 PM  
1 votes:

MugzyBrown: But instead we must spend billions in taxes to increase federal spending so we can make more overbearing federal, state and local laws and regulations that don't change anything.


No, regulations change a lot. They do exactly what Congress & the regulatory agencies intend.

/Regulations are intended to punish new entrants into a marketplace, favor the larger competitors who can afford the new regulatory burden, and push smaller firms out of business/being acquired by the larger sharks/firms.
/Too big to fail? Try: too small to survive
2012-09-28 03:47:26 PM  
1 votes:

Fabric_Man: give me doughnuts: [i249.photobucket.com image 800x499]

A $60 million high school football stadium. In Texas, of course.

Ooooooh... I am SO stabby right now...


I'm with you also...

Imagine all of the science and educational equipment that could have bought. They could have been pumping out intelligent kids instead they are pumping out worthless entertainers.
2012-09-28 03:18:28 PM  
1 votes:

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Why you gotta pick on football? It's the only highschool sport that almost always pays for itself.


That is 100% not true. And since I am on a school board and chair the finance board I might actually know something about this.

Activity fees from students, sponsorship/advertising, and concession / tickets sales do bring in some revenue, but it isn't anywhere close to paying for:
Facility capitalization or rental
Facility maintenance and security
Equipment purchasing and maintenance
Groundskeeping
Insurance
Transportation
Coaching / trainer salaries

Football is a huge money sponge, absorbing more net budget dollars than many other entire departments. My district spends more tax dollars on football than art or music.
2012-09-28 03:11:08 PM  
1 votes:
You don't need any new funding sources. Shift funding from programs with lesser returns (college financial assistance, job retraining, etc.) to those with the most (preschool and elementary education). Give kids a solid foundation and much of the rest will follow, or at least have more options for support.
2012-09-28 03:08:57 PM  
1 votes:

serial_crusher: I tend to flip-flop on that issue. Why is it good for a school to prepare students for a career as an engineer, architect, teacher, artist, etc; but then suddenly not ok to prepare them for a professional sports career?


Because it isn't going to happen. The number of teachers, artists, architects etc far higher than the number of people who will win the genetic lottery and become professional athletes.
2012-09-28 02:07:13 PM  
1 votes:
i249.photobucket.com

A $60 million high school football stadium. In Texas, of course.
 
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