Good Morning Folks:
Iâ€™d like to take a moment to respond to â€œDonâ€™t Buy Itâ€? on a couple of subtle but key points. With regard to the equitable allocation of resources between Woodstock Academy and Woodstock Public Schools, my personal position is that equitable doesnâ€™t necessarily mean equal. It is clearly the case that the cost to provide a quality education to 9-12 grade students is higher than for 5-8 or K-4 students. The issue of equitable distribution really arises when Woodstock Academy is adding programs and the associated costs while Woodstock Public Schools is forced to eliminate programs. And within this formulation, there are really two parts; (1) when Woodstock Academy adds or improves programs which provide greater opportunities and (2) when Woodstock Academy adds entry level or remedial programs. The specific implications of these two cases may be a bit different but the outcome is the same, sub-optimal student achievement and poor use of educational dollars.
In the first case Woodstock Academy has an incentive to offer the maximum in both diversity and depth of its curricular and extra-curricular programs. This approach helps assure a product that is desirable and attracts the greatest number of quality students. In isolation, this is a laudable approach and would at first glance appear to be beneficial to Woodstock students. However, these actions canâ€™t be viewed in isolation. With every program added at Woodstock Academy along with the associated costs, there are reduced resources available to the Woodstock Public Schools. Read the rest of this entry »