Closing in on a day rife with class warfare, federal spending, and a cash strapped and over extended government, I stumbled upon this Op/Ed on politico.
You know what I love about this... it's simple. How many of us have told our kids, our friends, ourselves that the solution is frighteningly simple. Increase taxes or decrease spending. Or hell, both.
Here is more direct advice. A lesson from baseball, the great American pasttime...
1.) Analyze what works and what doesn't.
2.) Spend money on what works.
3.) Cut funding on what doesn't.
Many non-profits have been on this basic bandwagon. A personal favorite, from the Concorde Coailtion, has some great teacher resources. This includes a quick 30 minute version of I.O.U.S.A.
And for those of us who have problems with big numbers, (like me!!) here is a great visualization from some kids dorm room. Thanks!
Photo via Flickr/Ted Eytan