Monday Meme: More Questions

From here, again.

If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?

In fact, if I won a million dollars, I’d get right to work.

My husband and I buy Powerball tickets.  I know, I know; the odds of winning are slightly worse than the odds of our being killed by terrorists while being struck by lightning, but we do it, anyway.  I think that the dreams are worth the $2 a week we spring for the chance.

Anyway, one of the things that we say we’ll do with some of the money when we win is that I’ll open a school; a rigorous, intellectual, progressive, comprehensive high school – probably an extended-day, five-year model with a strong focus in the arts, the trades, critical thinking, and community service and involvement.

In fact, my independent study project is putting together a plan for this very school.  I’m a little hung up right now on the physical plant and everything that needs to go in it; lockers, or not?  Should there be a gym and, if so, should the gym have weight or other exercise equipment and/or showers?  Can we manage a community garden on the grounds?  How much parking does the building need to have?  The questions are nearly endless, and are difficult to answer in the abstract.  Once I get a handle on that, I’m going to dig into questions about curriculum and pacing, though it occurs to me that I’ll have to get the business model under control, as well.

When it all comes down to it, the biggest concern is, sadly, money.  No money, no school.  Since the states are doing a universally shitty job of funding education and the economy is such that parents don’t have a lot of money to spare for private education, I’ve been trying to figure out how to pay for my hypothetical, desperately necessary school.  I’ve considered private sponsorship (the idea of corporate sponsorship just feels wrong to me), and I’ve also thought about making fundraising a part of the curriculum, but winning the lottery would really solve a lot of the foundational problems that this whole dream faces.


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