We do have a limited attention span. On that front, extending the school day is likely to be less effective simply because the children are tired by the end of a day of cramming and jamming maths, grammar, science, foreign languages, etc. etc. etc. Their minds need a break, and so by the end of the day if the school day is too long, they aren't really learning much anymore anyway. That's why I think extending the number of school days rather than the number of hours in the day might be a better idea. Also, if we should do this mainly for a nine year period starting at the age of five, then we're ensuring that it wont' interfere with summer jobs, etc. later. For that nine year period starting at the age of five, I could even consider a 6 day school week, and getting rid of holidays other than statutory holidays. Though we may have to consider a slightly shorter school day to compensate. Perhaps even have people graduate form high school before the age of fifteen.
Wonderful. Get poor parents addicted to gambling to pay for their children's education. What kind of idiot comes up with this kind of solution. Oh yeah... politicians.
I think the point they are making is at the bottom of the article:
"Yes, I know there are social problems associated with gambling. But that does not mean there is no place for gambling in society. Many people find a night at the casino a highly entertaining evening out that they do voluntarily with little financial pain to their household bottom line. In comparison, the amount we would have to raise taxes across society to replacing gaming revenues would be painful - and roundly protested."
But we all know some addicts will be born out of this. The bottom line is that the politicians lack the moral fortitude to do the right thing and either raise taxes or require workers to give a percentage of their income to a local public school. Getting into the gambling industry is just a cowardly way of raising the needed funds with little regard for the dangers to society, forgetting that the government is there to protect the poor not only from others but from themselves too.
SLOTS = CASH FOR SCHOOLS!
Published: Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Gambling: critical for sports, schools
It may strike many as an insidious source of money, but without it governments of all stripes - and the services they provide - would have giant holes punched in their budgets.
We're talking more than $1 billion for the provincial government, but it doesn't stop there. The City of Vancouver, for example, expects to rake in almost $14 million as its take from the new BC Place casino (considerably more than the $7.5 million it currently gets from the slot machines at the racetrack at Hastings Park and the Edgewater Casino).
More than a dozen other cities and municipalities now rely significantly on gaming money. According to the B.C. Lottery Corporation, Burnaby got almost $10 million from gaming in 2007/08, while Coquitlam received a similar amount.
The biggest winner of them all in the municipal world is Richmond, which takes in an eye-popping $11 million a year as its share of revenues from the glitzy River Rock Casino.
Gambling: critical for sports, schools
I think there are better ways to finance education. For starters if the casinos deal honestly with their patrons there shouldn't be enough money in it to subsidize education. Any money the gov't does realize from gambling would be better spent rehabillitating addicts or making good the damage done by addicts ripping people off. Don't get me wrong I enjoy casinos, frequent them fairly often but ALWAYS spend money that if left over after the bills are paid & I only take as much cash to the casino as I feel I can reasonably afford.
Good points. Also, I do believe taxes should reflect their purpose as much as possible. Seeing that the purpose of education is to develop persons to serve society, then all of society ought to pay for it. As such, income taxes earned through a trade or profession for which we must than our education could be appropriate for that.
Gambling has nothing to do with education, and so any gambling tax should go towards helping gambling addicts and such. Just like a resource tax like a gas tax could go towards building roads, etc.
Make the taxes fit their purpose at least to a reasonable degree.
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I personally don't think we pay them enough, after all they are teaching our children.