How should schools allocate resources?

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How should schools allocate resources?

  1. Allocate additional resources to the worst students.

    1 vote(s)
    16.7%
  2. Allocate resources withour regard to ability

    3 vote(s)
    50.0%
  3. Allocate additional resources to the best students.

    2 vote(s)
    33.3%
  1. Pycckia

    Pycckia Well-Known Member

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    Many educators believe that school resources should be allocated to the worst students to bring them up and to leave the best students to fend for themselves in order to achieve equity.

    I would prefer resources be given to the best students in order to achieve excellence.

    What do you all think?
     
  2. dairyair

    dairyair Well-Known Member

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    How about proof that many educators think resources should be allocated to the worst students.

    Do they want to see the worst students succeed, absolutely. But I am quite certain they don't believe they will achieve the standing of the best students and achieve equity.

    Where's the option to allocate resources based on the % and type of students within the school?
     
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    btthegreat Well-Known Member

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    This poll is ridiculously simplistic
    Aren't you just a little curious as to why a bad student is a bad student or what the intervention might be and how much you have to spend for the result you want.? I mean a school district using its resources on a specialist in diagnosing learning disabilities/ dyslexia, or funding a peer tutoring program (where both the peer tutor student and the at risk student get benefit). or just an inexpensive program which purchases bulk paper, pens, markers, calculators that can be handed out.

    It just seems to me that some ideas are fairly cheap to solve or solve multiple problems. I read about a principle who bought a used washer with a (donated dryer) so that kids without consistent and practical access otherwise, would not have to pick between wearing dirty clothes and being stigmatized, and skipping school until their parents had the money and got around to driving the laundry mat . He said it reduced truancy numbers dramatically and improved the grades demonstrably on a lot of kids at risk of just giving up.

    You can do the same thing with your gifted but struggling students. Just figure out what are the obstacles and look for creative but cheap solutions

    There is a good reason not to micromanage every friggin dime going to a school or school district and cement it into arbitrary 'budget categories' like the ones in the poll.
     
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  4. Pycckia

    Pycckia Well-Known Member

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  5. Bluesguy

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    How about we give those resources to the student and their parent and they make the decision how best to use it and where?
     
  6. Bluesguy

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    How come when I went to school in the 50's and 60's we didn't have all that and those special programs, I think there were 4 or 5 kids in "special education" all with downs syndrome. My classes had 30 - 35 students and in the 3rd and 4th grade I went double sessions. We used chalk boards, and Dick and Jane books and actually studied American History and what made us a great country. And we all got a good basic education. We could read and write and do basic math and speak correct English and knew something about our history and the Constitution and our republician form of government. We learned that the world was your apple but it is up to YOU to grab and take the bite.

    Why if the parents are negligent are the children still in the home? My mother washed our cloths and hung them on the cloths line in the back yard with me helping and I had clean clothes to wear. By the time I was in junior high school I was responsible for my own cloths. If a child is not attending school because the parents are not making sure they have clean clothes to wear then there is something dreadfully wrong with those parents and those children need an intervention.

    As I said who about giving those parents, the good ones, the freedom to determine how those dollars will be spent?
     
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    Neither. Resources should be allocated to the most effective educators. 2 of my kids struggled in school and the principal told us they would have to be held back. I put them into a charter school and both graduated early.
     
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    I guess it depends on what schools you are talking about.
     
  9. Nonnie

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    First off, there's a difference between teachers and educators.

    Also, life is not fair and we are all not equal. Resources should be evenly distributed. The unruly kids should be segregated into thick classes and the brighter kids segregated into better classes.
     
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    There are more than just unruly kids and brighter kids. Some of your bright kids are unruly.
     
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    I think they should allocate the resources based on who shows the most promise to improve, whether they are the worst students or the best students.
     
  12. Bluesguy

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    Again give the education dollars to the child and let the market decide which schools and teachers succeed and and which ones fail.
     
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    Resources should be allocated to give every student the opportunity to excel and succeed. It is up to each student to make the effort to do so. Some will, others won't, and many will land in the middle. That's a microcosm of life in general. Catering to the lowest common denominator is not the answer. Neither is catering to the highest.
     
  14. Aleksander Ulyanov

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    I think we should give every citizen a good laptop and internet access. The only public mass education of any kind should be to teach very young children to read so they can use their laptops. After thal leave them strictly alone. Why we send our children off to prison from the age of 6 to 18 is beyond me.
     
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    I think resources should follow the child where ever the parents choose to educate him/her.....so I didn't vote
     

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