The message from editorials and letters about the schools, their funding and now the tax rebate is that the schools need more money to "improve education." The Op-Ed article by Tokofsky sweeps aside the sophomoric simplicities and hysteria to reveal the main reason our schools and students are failing: too much funding and time are spent for administrative purposes while instructional services are shortchanged.
Tokofsky is not saying anything really new, as several other educators have pointed to this flaw in the system; but it has to be said again and again, until parents and taxpayers wake up. It is not only students who have learning difficulties; and it is not only school bureaucrats who sop up the gravy and leave only crumbs to those who are to carry out the main objectives.
Suppose you pay $2,000 each year for plumbing work and the foreman just stands around boasting about his expertise and arguing the need for more money while his heel is on the toes of the plumber actually doing the job. You would very soon become outraged.
Well, no; maybe you wouldn't.