Does Standard & Poor's Know What a "Good" Education Is, Now That Governor Pataki Has Hired the Firm to Put a Price On It?
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is now holding Governor Pataki accountable for hiring Standard & Poor's to decide how much a good education should cost, however I'm not sure anybody has told me what a 'good' education means? Does this mean my children will get four years of science in a newly-built ultra-modern science lab, or does it mean an up-to-date textbook, traditional rather than "fuzzy" math, high scores on standardized testing, or gym more than once a week?
Furthermore, who is making the decision on what a 'good' education is? I'd like to say a word or two, I have four children. But I'm realistic: S&P is already making millions to rate the state's bonds, so my guess is that Pataki has the group he needs to tell us how much we "really" need.
Perhaps if our governor put "real" people - people who are independent thinkers about the costing out problem, he may not have such an easy time filling "consultant" spots?