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Education "vouchers" solve the fiscal crisis, and also lead to economic recovery?

Simply open up K-12 education to the market place, with government only playing a role by financing the students with a yearly education check of $8000.

*www.usagovernmentspending.com shows American local governments spending $458.3 billion for K-12 education in 2012.
*(Sir Ken Robinson says this education system is a complete failure)
*The new education cost of $8000 education check to 50 million K-12 students is $400 billion per year
*This saves $58.3 billion
*(a $6000 check would save $158.3 billion)
*The yearly education check allows students(and their parents) to choose how, when, where, and what they learn, and also who teaches them
*The yearly education check of $8000 opens up a $400B/year market to entrepreneurs, teachers, and creatives
*($6000 check opens up a $300B/year market to entrepreneurs, teachers, and creatives)

State fiscal crisis solved, federal fiscal crisis solved, and the new education market leads America's economic recovery.

Thoughts everyone?

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  • Jan 1 2013: There is a much easier way to save even more money. Remember that thing called the internet. Well, for only a few dollars a year each, you could give every child that doesn't already have it internet access. Then, simply hire the best of the best teachers in the world, one for each subject and have them deliver courses online. Imagine, your child learning science from Steven Hawking, or music from Zubin Mehta! Even if you paid these "professors" millions of dollars each, it would be a drop in the bucket compared to the thousands of teachers we pay now. All tests and learning materials would be online, so even more savings! No school buildings to take care of, even more savings! Only problem with this scheme I can think of is that teachers vote. Oh well, guess that is why none of the suggestions here will work.
    • Jan 1 2013: Lol, good luck at buying computers that cost only a few dollars and at learning calculus from an online course and I suppose robots will mark homework?
      • Jan 2 2013: The post suggested giving $8000 a year as a voucher. Certainly there are already computers made for the third world for less than $100, and even the Chromebooks are only $200, still a lot less than $8000. Besides, most people already have internet access and computers, so the majority wouldn't have to be given anything. I guess you haven't looked at college offerings lately also. There are already math, science, English, even music courses online. And yes, there are already online tests that are graded by computer. Most questions have only one right answer, so if you tick the box, it is not real difficult for a computer to mark it wrong or right. Remember scantron tests?
        • Jan 2 2013: "The post suggested giving $8000 a year as a voucher."

          It did, and then you suggested to save even more money and said it could be done for a few dollars per child.

          "And yes, there are already online tests that are graded by computer. Most questions have only one right answer, so if you tick the box, it is not real difficult for a computer to mark it wrong or right."

          That doesn't work for science and math tests as well as essays. Computers also can't answer questions.

          @below

          So a computer is going to tell me that although I misplaced a minus sign and a factor 2pi somewhere my reasoning is along the right track, giving me 7 out of 10?
        • Jan 2 2013: Picture recognition technology can do much more than scantrons. Google and Wolfram Alpha answer questions. And the rate of advancement for artificial intelligence is exponential.

          Works for science, works for math, computers can answer questions. This is basic knowledge. Is calculus in public school curriculum for K-8? If parents had educational freedom and money given to them by the government, they could choose to pay for calculus tutoring for their children at any age. Prodigies, geniuses, and gifted children are some of the most undeserved and neglected students in public education systems. Vouchers would be a God-send for them. Here's $8000 and your calculus tutor Sir 12 year old.

          What are your motivations for writing patently false information and being destructive John? Are you a politician, union employee, or teacher that feels threatened if parents and students are able to choose whatever education they like and government subsidizes them?
    • Jan 2 2013: Tomas,
      You are right, parents that decide to homeschool their kids could simply use $2000 a year and keep the extra $6000. Good for them. I figure parents would vote yes on having $8000 of their tax money going into their own pocket and the ability to choose their children's education instead of politicians doing it for them for $9000.

      With teachers voting, the problem is the bad teachers. Bad teachers can't earn anything so they vote to keep the same system everyone knows is a failure. With $8000 and choice, I wouldn't pay bad teachers, and 25 students choosing a teacher of their liking is $200,000/yr going to that teacher.

      The opposition comes from people who have aristocratic instincts or latent elitism, bad teachers, union employees, and politicians. Especially politicians whose salaries depend on skimming education money off the top of educations funds that should be going to teachers and children. So I am guessing John Smith is one of the above -- passionately coming up with excuses to defend public schooling.

      A study has even showed computer booths without instructions being more effective than teachers at educating children in rural India.
      http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_shows_how_kids_teach_themselves.html

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