The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Children Cheated of Education

Apr 4, 2011

More than 7,000 students in the Miami, Florida-Dade County Public Schools are enrolled in classes online – computers but no teachers – only a computer technician in the classroom.

What this really means is no education for these children. All children need a human being with the knowledge and skill to give them individual attention when they need it. That’s what teaching is. And a computer is no substitute for a teacher.

But Florida is using these e-classes, even placing some middle school students in them, because education officials claim the state lacks funding for sufficient teachers.

Florida, and every other state in the U.S., already has a horrendous education problem. In Florida, students leave high school so unprepared that only 50% of those entering college will actually complete a degree in six years. Only half!

School officials claim they don’t have enough money. Yes, they have money – which they spend on their own nice fat salaries and benefits, and on over-inflated contracts – for computers, text books, maintenance, building additions, etc. – given to their friends.

This future is no future for our children.