The failure of traditional public schools to post better outcomes is consistently laid on inadequate funding (“Are We Asking Schools to Do Too Much?” Education Week, Sept. 15). But the New York City school system, for example, already spends nearly $30,000 per student per year, and still cannot close the racial achievement gap.
That’s because teachers today are being asked to be parent, police and psychologist, rather than just teach their subject. It’s a situation that no amount of money will ever cure. Catholic schools, which spend a fraction of the amount that public schools do, produce better results because teachers there are allowed to teach.
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