Texas Ed: Comments on Education from Texas

July 8, 2006

New Education Markets

An 18 day intensive college admissions program for 11th and 12th graders.

Extreme College Admission Camp for Highly Motivated College Bound Kids by Education Unlimited: Financial News – Yahoo! Finance:

“This program will be controversial to some,” says Education Unlimited Executive Director Matthew Fraser, “but it shouldn’t be. For a tiny fraction of the cost of a private high school education, which could cost $100,000 in the Bay Area, a student can receive many of the college admission advantages that those students receive.” Fraser goes on to say that, “interestingly, while our original CAPC program was designed to fill in the gap for public school kids who haven’t had private school caliber admissions help, we have found that at some of our regular CAPC programs as many as half of the students attend private schools. I believe that families that have carefully assessed the value of education realize how much you can get in terms of results from a program like this and are thus willing to seek out these sorts of opportunities for their kids.”

So the only reason these private school familes go is because they “have carefully assessed the value” and not because they have the cash ($3,975) in the first place?

I wonder how long it will take for this to “trickle” down to state mandated tests? One possible scenario in Texas:

As schools come under increasing pressure to provide education instruction beyond what is on the TAKS for the students who can be easily expected to pass the TAKS each year, they will develop a new system of differentiated (remedial?) classes. All students who have problems passing the TAKS will be assigned to certain classrooms, obviously with the best teachers available-not. Students in the other classes will once again enjoy art, pe, history, and expanded enrichment activities. So to make sure their kids get put into the non-TAKS classes, parents will start sending their kids to intensive tutoring or summer programs offered by private organizations such as those in the article.

While poor schools, or schools with poor parents, spend all their resources to ensure the kids pass the TAKS, schools with wealthier parents will be providing a broader, more complex education. And some people are going to be making a lot of money off it. Talk about the government creating new markets…

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