I was reminded of a recent conversation I had with my mother, when commenting on a Newsvine article in reply to a comment about Conservatives thinking that teachers are overpaid. The conversation revolved around my one nephew graduating from the 5th Grade. I asked, somewhat rhetorically, "Why do we need to waste money on a graduation ceremony for leaving the 5th Grade?" Think about it: we are constantly being told that teachers aren't being paid enough by the left, schools are constantly raising taxes, schools are constantly seeking grants from the State and Federal governments, and administrators are being paid 6 figure salaries during all of this. Who came up with these ideas for celebrating the achievement of going from 5th Grade to 6th Grade? And, I'm betting there is a graduation ceremony for those graduating from 8th Grade to 9th Grade in my former school district. This is unlike what happened in my school years when I only had a graduation ceremony when I graduated High School in 1991.
The root cause of this is to get money by any means or way possible. But, in order to get that money, the school districts need to spend whatever money they have on hand. They won't spend the money on improving education itself; they will spend the money on new facilities, new ceremonies, paying for more administrators, and increasing pay of those administrators. That sadly is the real problem with Education in this country. If we want our children and our children's children to have the best education, we need to make sure the money going to our schools is actually spent on the teachers, supplies, and equipment needed for better education. Some part of this is better facilities; but we don't need to keep expanding the number or pay of administrators at the expense of the education of our children.