A little while ago this morning, I was listening to the radio. There was a conversation taking place about the cost of education in our area. I always think about that this time of year as I am planning and purchasing my curriculum for my 5 full-time students. The average cost PER STUDENT in our area is $15,000.00. Let me say that again - 15 THOUSAND dollars. Per student. Per year.
I realize that there are bills to pay for each school building. I realize that the salaries of the teachers are included. I realize that there are insurance, food, and many other costs included in these figures - not just books. But, for heaven's sake. $15,000.00? Some quick calculations on my part tells me that with those figures, it should be costing my husband and I about $75,000.00 to teach our 5 children each year - and that's only figuring about 8-10 hours worth of their care, five days a week for 9 months a year. I can tell you, I am pretty certain we don't spend $15,000/child/year in our home - period. We not only school them, but house them, clothe them, meet their health care needs, feed them 3 good meals a day, entertain them, and the list goes on. And, we pay school taxes.
So, I ask you - where is this $15,000.00 per student going? Because, on my paper, it's just not adding up.