Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Sylvan Learning Centers

If Olentangy schools are so great, then why did Sylvan Learning Centers choose the district as a place to do business. Keep in mind that there are only 10 Sylvans in the central third of Ohio, an area that stretches from the Ohio River to Toledo.

Obviously the folks at Sylvan realize there are many parents so dissatisfied with their child's education that they are willing to spend additional dollars.

So, many parents -- as well as everyone else -- pay property taxes to the schools, fund the schools through the federal income tax and the whole basket of state taxes, and then turn around and pay Sylvan to get the job done.

Somethings wrong here.


Anonymous said...

I don't care for George Soros, but his article in Financial Times is worth reading: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/24f73610-c91e-11dc-9807-000077b07658.html

Anonymous said...

Hmm. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that Southern Delaware County is the fastest growing county in a state where other (most) counties are actually losing residents. It's called demographics. Sylvan is not stupid. They are a business and will go where the demographics are ripe. The same way Target, Wal-mart and others want to be around rooftops. Simple Econ 101.

Jim Fedako said...

So I'm to believe that growth causes the need for Sylvan Learning services. It's not the case of school programs being ineffective, just growth.

Econ 101: Sylvan has to have a demand for their services. Thankfully, for them, Olentangy is producing low results.

Ask any parent why they use Sylvan. The answer is never, "Well, this is a growing area and the demographics are ripe."

The answer is, instead, "My child is failing due to program X" (Everyday Math is a typical answer for X).

Think before you respond.

Anonymous said...

Isn't this the same education system that you served as a board member for several years? Didn't you have a vote on critical items that impacted the results delivered by this system?

You were a part of the development of the product that you now call inferior.


Jim Fedako said...

I called it inferior for years ... that is why the administration and baord were happy to see my go.

Anonymous said...

Fair response... I just moved here so I have no history, other than what I read here and in the "Levy Must Pass" documentation.

Personally, I'm still on the fence, but this blog has a lot of interesting data in it that is helping me better understand the facts of the current situation.

Thanks for all of the hard work!