STARBUCKS COFFEE SHOPS…THE NEW SCHOOL HOUSE

Starbucks has become the place for young people to learn while they and their tutors enjoy their favorite beverage. That’s right, these off-site teachers have taken over many of the tables at our local shops and apparently the chain encourages it. Equipped with lattes, or grandes, or chai tea, or one of a huge selection of drinks from the Starbucks menu, they enhance their regular school room activities with a person expert in the field where they need help. Of course it isn’t free but apparently the parents of these kids are of that limited profile that is involved in their child’s education. When you consider how school budgets across the country are being slashed, this may end up being the saving grace. As an example, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey proposed cutting the state’s education budget while setting up more private prison spending. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback cut $45 million from that state’s education budget and just about put the system in the tank. Republicans are more concerned with coming to the aid of big business than setting a higher stand of education in this country. What I worry about are those students who can’t afford the tutoring.

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