I heard it probably 100 times (more like 27 times). I live in (name the city) and they have good schools. My sister recently told me she was looking at buying a house in West Chester, Ohio. The prices for housing is expensive in my opinion, and she told me that is because they have good schools.
Let's take a step back. What on Earth does it mean to qualify as a "good" school. I'm certain people that sent their kids to Columbine High School would have claimed that they had good schools too. Since I live in Dayton, I've heard from the following areas as to having good schools. If you ask...why do you live in (name the city). Because they have a good school district is certain to be a top reason. Especially if they have children. I've heard that about Beavercreek, Centerville, Kettering, Oakwood, Kettering, Fairborn, Tipp City, Miamisburg and Bellbrook. Each of these cities have good schools. This is practically every city in the Dayton area. I'm certain if I hung out Huber Heights or Riverside long enough...someone would say they have good schools as well.
I asked my sister...does West Chester really have good schools? Really? Are most of these kids going to Harvard after they graduate? Are they taught to be free thinkers? What qualifies as a good school?
Let me set something straight...their is no such thing as a good or bad school. Every school is a good school if you want to believe it. Unless of course you can find a method of measurement you could classify all schools as good. This is like asking a room full of people how many people are good drivers? Typically the majority of the people would raise their hands. If you asked how many people are bad drivers...probably no one would answer yes.
Instead of asking good verse bad...why not ask how many people have caused a car accident within the last 3 years. If someone answers yes...then they are bad drivers. This is something that people could probably agree with. You could say that people who have a speeding ticket are careless drivers. Why? Well, they didn't do anything bad like cause an accident. However, they don't care about the posted speed limit...therefore classifying them as a careless driver (who got caught). Same could be said about someone who runs a stop sign/light.
When it comes to local government...for some reason the people who want to get your money always uses some kind of scare tactic with a slogan. For example...if you don't vote for that fire levy, then your house will burn down. Or the firefighter won't have the equipment needed to put out the fire quickly. If you don't vote for that police levy, then crime will rise. If you don't vote for that school levy, your kids will suffer...and after all our kids are our future.
Why does this happen? Throwing money at a problem rarely ever works. If it did...then you wouldn't have people making millions going bankrupt. You wouldn't have people worse off after winning the lottery. I'm all for fire, police and education. What I'm not for is catchy slogans. Plus the typically the threat continues that if a levy doesn't pass then people get laid off.
In my last article I stated that taxes are the number two expense when it comes to housing. I've also showed that taxes have outpaced inflation. Certainly property taxes have outpaced wage inflation. If you were a government employee you have received a pay cut for the last two years because your purchasing power has decreased due to inflation. Most people in the private sector their wages haven't increased greater than inflation either.
Although a small part of the problems we face in this country. Hopefully it does give you something to think about. Next time someone says...our schools are great. Ask what makes them great compared to the surrounding schools.